Twin sisters, Ms Panaso and Pamela Ntanzi graduated from UKZN with Bachelor of Education degrees. The pair registered for the same modules, and managed to complete on time.
‘It feels so great because we like doing things together and attaining this degree alongside my sister is a dream come true,’ said Pamela. Their journey was not easy at times but they supported each other and did not want to let the other down. ‘We made it, my sister and I!’ she added.
Besides the inconvenience caused by some modules requiring group work for formal assessments, staying off campus sometimes created difficulties in getting to University on time. ‘We had to take taxis to town, from town catch another bus to campus. Sometimes we would miss buses due to taxis going around collecting people,’ said Panaso.
However, their father made sure that they had all the time they needed to study so they could produce good results during school practicals. ‘Dad (Mr Vusi Radebe) made sure that we always arrived early on campus, he used to transport us with his bike.’
Their advice to other students is ‘Once you start something, make sure you finish it and do not let anyone’s negativity shift your focus.’
They plan to teach and further their studies in the field of education leading to a PhD. They hope to one day build their own school which will be based in a rural area for the development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.