Hillcrest High School Teacher’s Chocolate Gift for Pupils Ahead of Exams Praised, Gets Half a Million Views

Hillcrest High School Teacher’s Chocolate Gift for Pupils Ahead of Exams Praised, Gets Half a Million Views

  • A high school teacher gave his pupils chocolate to wish them luck for their upcoming exams
  • The teacher's act of kindness was captured on video and shared on social media, where it was met with widespread praise
  • Netizens were inspired by the teacher's dedication to pupils and his creative way of wishing them well
  • The teacher told Briefly News that he did it because of the beautiful relationship he has with his pupils

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A teacher gave his pupils chocolate in preparation for exams. Image: @mphomhlungu
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A KwaZulu-Natal teacher made his well-wishes for his class's upcoming exams special when he gave them chocolate as he wished them well.

The teacher certainly surprised the pupils, who could not wait to accept the sweet gift from their teacher.

A dedicated teacher gives kids chocolate for exams

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The teacher was walking around the class with a box of chocolate slabs. The smiles on their faces were unmissable and so touching. @mphomhlungu posted the video, and it reached almost half a million views. In the video, the teacher gives the children chocolate while wishing them well for the exams. He switches it up from English to IsiZulu and occasionally rubs the head of one or two young men.

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The man is a teacher at Hillcrest High School, located in Hillcrest near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The school was recently in the news after texts in which racist words were used were leaked, and the public demanded an investigation into the alleged racist acts.

Kind teacher speaks to Briefly News about why he gives pupils chocolate

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Siphosenkosi Mpho Mhlungu told Briefly News that giving the pupils chocolate was a gesture of his beautiful relationship with his pupils.

"I gave out chocolate to motivate pupils to continue towards their June exams. That particular class had a remarkable first term of hard work and focus. I encourage all the teachers to try and protect, encourage, push and be passionate about these customers of ours because they always fight battles we know nothing about," he said.
"In my 15 years as a teacher, I have had different experiences with different classes and pupils. I have found most of my pupils and classes easy to build a teacher-pupil relationship with. Treating them positively impacts my ability to discharge my duties and produce the desired outcome. A harmonized teacher-pupil relationship is critical in creating a suitable environment for learning and teaching. I interact with my pupils as a teacher and parent."

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"I always address pupils' issues with confidentiality. I keep my pupils interested by praising and encouraging them to do more. Some are from broken families, so I always encourage struggling students to take extra classes and do peer learning. It is never about the curriculum but their well-being because I build trust with my pupils. I have realised that what may seem inconsequential to us as teachers may be significant to the pupils."

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South Africans praise the teacher's efforts

Netizens around the country applauded the teacher for his dedication to his pupils.

Former University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said:

"This is beautiful!"

Mpote Nkwane added:

"You are an inspiration to do more and do better. Thank you for loving those cute teens."

Sibusiso Ntuli knows the teacher.

"He used to teach me at Vryheid High School. Brilliant teacher."

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"Great teacher! Wonderful to see the kids' excitement before exams."

Babes KaTaMzu was inspired.

"I will do this to my learners when the schools reopen. I'm inspired."

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In a similar article, Briefly News wrote that a teacher from the Western Cape made headlines with her unique teaching method.

The teacher mixed amapiano dance moves and rhythm to make learning letters fun.

Many netizens wished to return to school and be taught by a beautiful teacher.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za