Three of the top 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) matriculants in KwaZulu-Natal – including the No 1 pupil - have enrolled for an MBChB degree at UKZN’s Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine this year.
They are Miss Romal Naidoo, Mr Reece Govender and Miss Shivana Jugernath, who are among the total of 250 first-year students accepted to study for the degree at UKZN.
Naidoo, who attributes her success to perseverance and faith, says being the top matriculant in KwaZulu-Natal had been a wonderful surprise for her.
Naidoo decided to enroll for an MBChB at UKZN at the end of her Grade 11 year at Danville Park Girls High School in Durban. She said she enjoyed a variety of subjects and so considered a number of study options but opted for medicine in the end.
Govender said he was excited about experiencing tertiary life and it has always been his dream to become a medical doctor. He matriculated from Wingham Heights Secondary School in Queensburgh and is the No 2 matriculant in KwaZulu-Natal.
Miss Shivana Jugernath says since a young girl she has dreamed of working for the non-profit world medical organisation, Doctors Without Borders. ‘I read a book about the work that they do and ever since, I wanted to work for them.’
Jugernath, who matriculated at Marklands Secondary School in Chatsworth, says she is nervous and excited about studying at UKZN. ‘I hope it will be academically enriching and will equip me with the skills I need to help people.’ Jugernath is the No 14 matriculant in KwaZulu-Natal.
Professor Rob Slotow said the College and the Medical School in particular, was very proud about being the first Institution of choice for top KZN high school learners. ‘The Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine has a long tradition of excellence in training medical practitioners both at the undergraduate level and as medical specialists.’