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After dodging bullets for exams, CT matriculant excited to become teacher

Chad Abrahams, aged 18, is among the 61.3% of matrics who passed at Arcadia Senior Secondary.

Matric student Chad Abrahams speaks to EWN on the challenges of living and learning in Bonteheuwel, one of the most dangerous suburbs of Cape Town. Picture: Lizell Persens/EWN

CAPE TOWN - One of Bonteheuwel’s top matriculants has encouraged other learners from gang-ridden communities to rise above the challenges.

Chad Abrahams, aged 18, is among the 61.3% of matrics who passed at Arcadia Senior Secondary.

The province’s overall pass rate is 82.3% while nationally 81.3% made the grade, the highest pass since 1994.

Abrahams was one of 41 matrics who lined up at Arcadia Senior Secondary.

He achieved a bachelor's pass with a distinction in business studies.

During his matric year, he had to dodge bullets while walking home from exams and he had to deal with other socio-economic challenges.

“At the end of everything, it’s God’s grace that helped me get this far.”

Overjoyed and trying to contain his excitement, he's now preparing to study towards a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with the aim of becoming a teacher.

“Don’t allow the state of your community to determine the outcome of your life.”