Muhammad Hassen’s seven distinctions in the 2020 matric exams are an incredible achievement, made even more noteworthy given the sort of year he went through last year.
He lost his mother in June last year, and his father passed away 10 years ago, so he and his brother, who was in grade 9, had to go live with an uncle.
“It was very hard,” he said, “and there were times when I cam close to giving up, but the support that I got from my family, and from the school, kept me going and I persevered. These results are a highlight in what has been a difficult period for me and I am very happy.”
Muhammad said he was expecting to well in the final exams, but his results were better than what he hoped for. “There is no secret to my success,” he said. “It’s all about your mindset, you have to believe that you can achieve it, and then apply yourself.”
He gives the credit to the school and his teachers. “Jeppe has everything to do with my success,” he said. “There was an understanding of my circumstances and the school went all out to help me achieve my potential.”
At the end of five years at the school, Muhammed said he can look back fondly. “Jeppe shaped me into the person I am and I am very grateful.”
He has applied to Wits to study medicine this year and was provisionally accepted, pending his final results. We are holding thumbs for him and will be following his future keenly.