The 2021 matriculants did well considering the conditions they faced as a result of Covid 19 pandemic. Amongst the top performing students was Ester Estelle Nkulu from Garden’s Commercial in Cape Town. Nkulu who was born in Democratic Republic of Congo. She arrived in the country 12 years ago, after they fled the war stricken country to seek greener pastures in South Africa.
She is amongst the best performing students in the Western Cape, after scoring an excellent 76.7% over-all average on her final matric results. Now the problem faced by Nkulu and her family is, she cannot further her studies as they don't have proper legal documentats to help her fund her university studies.
The talented Nkulu wants help from Home Affairs so her asylum seeker permit can be changed to a refugee permit, so she can access university funding. According to her mother they have faced hard conditions since arriving in the country, from being homeless to xenophobic attacks. All she wishes for is for her daughter to get a chance to further her studies.
Nkulu has already been accepted at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University for actuarial sciences and economic sciences. The heart broken mother of Nkulu says “We do not know what the problem is, and we do not understand the processes fully. We have also spoken to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in South Africa and home affairs, to no avail. It is now difficult for my child to even register for university because of a lack of funding, as bursaries require us to have refugee status.
“My daughter does really well at school, but now for her to further her education, we need proper refugee papers,”
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