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Dr Knak Primary School Learner Excels with Seven Distinctions, Prepares for High School Journey



Puno Matlaila, a student from Dr Knak Primary School, has achieved a remarkable feat by securing seven distinctions in all her subjects in her final year of primary school. This accomplishment is particularly significant considering the challenges she faced growing up in a township.

Celebrations are in full swing as family members and well-wishers gather to honor the exceptional achievements of Puno, a dedicated and avid learner. Her success story is a beacon of inspiration for many, demonstrating that hard work and dedication can overcome any obstacle.

Puno has already set her academic aspirations high, with ambitions to pursue studies in astronomy or philology. She is poised to begin her high school journey at Leap Science and Maths School, located in Linbro Park on the outskirts of Alexandra.

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Reflecting on her future, Puno shares that while her plans are not yet set in stone, she values the importance of having a clear direction when entering high school. This foresight allows her to tailor her high school subjects towards her chosen career path.


When asked about the secret to her success, Puno humbly credits her work ethic and the unwavering support and encouragement from her family. She believes that there isn’t a specific formula for success, but rather a combination of hard work, tenacity, and a supportive environment.

Her achievements have not only made her family proud but have also set a high standard at Dr Knak Primary School. As she prepares to embark on her high school journey, her story serves as an inspiration to younger students, encouraging them to carve their own paths towards academic excellence.

Puno’s journey is a testament to the power of determination and the impact of a supportive community in shaping a young person’s future. Her teachers and family stand proudly beside her, showcasing her certificates and trophies, a symbol of her hard work and dedication.

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