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Waterford pupil is the best in the world

30/05/2013 03:43:00BY SIBUSISO ZWANE
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imageArnaz Patel.

MBABANE – A pupil from Waterford Kamhlaba United World College has topped the world in Cambridge IGCSE Foreign Language, Spanish.

Arnaz Patel received an Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award from Cambridge International Examinations for her outstanding performance in the November, 2012 Cambridge Examinations series.

Patel got an average of 99 per cent in a series of four Spanish papers. She said she could not believe it when she got the news that she was the best in the world.
“I feel very happy. I didn’t expect this when I was writing that exam,” she said. She also said what surprised her the most was that the exam seemed harder than the practice papers they had been writing in preparation.

Describing her work ethic, Patel said: “I do not overwork myself. I only do my work. I am not the type of person who wouldn’t have time for other things and I balance my schedule.”
The acting Principal of Waterford Kamhlaba, Bruce Wells, said the award recognised the talent, dedication and commitment for both the learners and staff.

He also said this was the second year in succession that a Waterford Kamhlaba pupil has been recognised for acquiring the best result in the subject.
Wells also paid special tribute to Patricia O’Connor from Chile, Patel’s Spanish teacher, for teaching her and preparing her well for the examinations. O’Connor described Patel’s achievement as a great one for herself and the school.

“She has made a great achievement and in Swaziland this is the only school that teaches Spanish as an accelerated course,” O’Connor said.
She also made mention that Patel was a special pupil who speaks fluent French, English, siSwati, and Portuguese.

Cyrus Patel, Arnaz’s father, congratulated her daughter and said the whole family was proud of her achievement.
“We are ecstatic about it. It is quite an achievement for her and an honour for the family,” he said.
The top performing learner received her award during a ceremony yesterday at Waterford Kamhlaba.

Cambridge Top in the World awards recognises the success of learners who have achieved the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject.
Cambridge programmes are taken by learners in more than 9 000 schools in 160 countries.

Are Some A-Level Subjects Better Than Others

education_iconWhen I attended the Wulfrun College of Further Education in Wolverhampton, I took what was then called the ‘Advanced Ordinary’ Level.  I’m wondering whether it was a con because hardly anyone I know have ever heard of it.  But it did actually exist in the 1970s!

So now I turn my focus to ‘A’ Levels which is something we can all identify with!

Located on the small island of Tenerife – it is rather hard to understand the significance of  ‘A’ Levels when competing internationally with other students.  Yes, there is a big world out there and considerable thought has to be given to the actual university.

Many Year 11 students will be making important decisions about what ‘A’ Levels to choose.  And of course, some might decide to take “easier” subjects rather than the “harder” subjects!  But should the focus be on what subjects will steer you to your career choice?

According to the Nick Morrison article in The Telegraph 7.00 am GMT 23 March 2013 – if a subject does not interest you – then you are less likely to achieve top grades.

This is an example of the current London School of Economics (LSE)  list of non-preferred A-level subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama/Theatre Studies
  • Home Economics
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Law
  • Media Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Sport Studies
  • Travel and Tourism

As opposed to the Trinity College, Cambridge:  A Levels suitable only as fourth subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Science
  • Citizenship
  • Communication Studies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Dance
  • Environmental Science
  • General Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Home Economics
  • ICT
  • Leisure Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Performance Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Perspectives on Science
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Sciece for Public Understanding
  • Sports Studies
  • Travel and Tourism
  • World Development

The subject choice will be complicated!  Read the whole article at the below link: