Anza Tshipetane, an 18-year-old a learner from Mbilwi High School in Vhembe district, scooped the top position when provincial matric results were announced on Friday.
The Limpopo learner says group study helped her succeed in subjects she was struggling with.
Until the end of the trial examinations, Tshipetane was studying in a group with fellow learners at school and at home.
However, three weeks towards the final examination she decided to go at it alone.
Limpopo MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe announced a 65.6 per cent pass results for 83 227 class of 2017.
The results showed an increase of 3.2 compared to 2016.
Tshipetane says although she wanted to be among the top learners she did not expect to be number one.
She believes that the support she received from other learners and educators boosted her confidence towards examination.
“I used to study in group with others, but towards the end of the especially trial I started to study on my own.”
“Towards the exams I was studying on my own because I wanted to practice the content, because it does not really help to absorb all the knowledge like a sponge, while you won’t be able to interpret it in the exam setting.”
She also thanked her friends who helped her understand and pass some subjects.
Tshipetane also urged the 2018 class to be determined so they could be counted among the best of the best.
Tshipetane beat the second best learner Daniel Swarts with three marks as she scored 1718, and third place Boitumelo Ngoepe obtain total marks of 1710.
Swarts from Hoerskool Pietersburg echoed Tshipetane’s view that team work and dedication helped reap positive rewards.
The 17-year-old Ngoepe from Dendron High School said he used past exam papers to test his ability to pass.
“I wanted to get exposed to how question I asked, and understand what I read.”
He said helping underperforming learners at his school was good for him too.
Kgetjepe thanked educators and learners for helping the province improve its results.
However, premier Stan Mathabatha said although they welcomed the improvement, it was not what they aspired to.
He appealed to stakeholders to help education back to its glory days.
Mbilwi, Dendron, Tshivhase, and Thengwe high schools remained the most celebrated schools in the province.
The schools managed to secure pass rates in mathematics and science inspiring the top fifty school’s club.
The club acknowledged schools that produced learners who passed with distinctions in Mathematics and Science.
This year results saw a change with Waterberg district overtaking Capricorn to be counted among top three districts.