Westville duo among SA’s best as coastal schools perform well

19 January 2024

KwaZulu-Natal’s top boys’ schools in the coastal region enjoyed a strong showing in the 2023 National Senior Certificate exams, with Westville Boys’ High having two of their students invited to Johannesburg on Thursday to celebrate their achievements with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

James Dent, last year’s Head Boy, excelled in Mathematics, finishing third in South Africa, while Jaskaran Rajaruthnam (both shown with Minister Motshekga in the feature photo) was honoured for placing third overall in SA in the quintile 5 category.

He was also second in KZN, and first in the Pinetown District. Meanwhile, his fellow Griffin, Sean Brand, placed fourth in KZN and second in the Pinetown District.

Rajaruthnam, who recorded eight distinctions, averaged a jaw-dropping average of 96 percent. Brand, who had seven distinctions, averaged 95 percent. Dent, who was third among the Westville matriculants, also scored an A in seven subjects and averaged 94 percent.

Reuben Maré, who joined Rajaruthnam with eight distinctions, Louis Kruger, Michael East and Stuart Tyrell had overall averages in excess of 90 percent, too. Lukas Friedrich, who averaged 87 percent, achieved eight distinctions.

In total, Westville boys recorded 366 subject distinctions. A total of 25 students walked away with A aggregates and 62 with B aggregates.

Three Westville students received eight distinctions, seven registered seven distinctions and five achieved six distinctions.


Northwood School‘s class of 2023 also enjoyed a fine showing in the end-of-year exams, with five boys – Yakecen Govender, Lesharn Govender, Leal Jensen, Liam Kumar, Pavan Naidoo – recording seven distinctions.

Yakecen and Lesharn Govender tied for the top performers, with both averaging 92.8 percent. Leal Jansen was third on 91.3 percent.

One of the highlights of Northwood’s strong results was Yakecen Govender’s outstanding 97 percent for Further Studies Mathematics, which is part of the IEB programme.

Thivaar Juggernath and Tyler Swanepoel also shone, bagging six distinctions each, while Reece van der Linde and Tahir Anandavasagar each achieved five As, and nine boys earned four distinctions.

Overall, 18 boys received A aggregates as Northwood boys tallied 119 subject distinctions and a pass rate of 98 percent.


Glenwood High celebrated outstanding achievements by its matric class of 2023, including a fine showing by Niral Sewrathan in his Cambridge AS level exams, while Dux Elishua Naidoo and Dux Proxime Accessit Ntobeko Shabalala also delivered high-quality results.

Sewrathan’s results included a special 94 percent for Physics, while he scored 89 percent for Computer Science, 86 percent for Chemistry and 86 percent for English.

Naidoo averaged 90 percent for his NSC exams. He will study Computer Science and Application at Varsity College this year.

Shabalala, who averaged 89 percent, will be heading to the Western Cape to join many of South Africa’s leading matriculants, who will be studying Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town.

Durban High School

Durban High School produced eight learners with six or more distinctions, with the Dux Vadivelu Naiker receiving seven, which was matched by Usuf Abubakr.

School had an overall pass rate of 98 percent, including a fine 98 percent for Mathematics.

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