After a hard time growing up, 26-year-old teacher with 2 degrees is gunning for PhD

After a hard time growing up, 26-year-old teacher with 2 degrees is gunning for PhD

- Dorcas Malatjie had a challenging time growing up

- However, she now has an Education degree and is completing a Masters degree

- She hopes to obtain a PhD and grow her career as a teacher

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A 26-year-old teacher from Tembisa, Gauteng, overcame her challenging upbringing and is well on her way to obtaining a PhD degree.

Dorcas Malatjie holds a BEd degree Senior Phase and a BEd Honours Assessment and Quality Assurance in Education from the University of Pretoria, learned. She obtained her degree Cum Laude.

Speaking to, Dorcas said she is doing the final year of her Masters in Curriculum Design and Development. She hopes to enrol for a PhD soon afterwards.

Dorcas Malatjie is aiming high. Source: Kempton Express

Dorcas Malatjie is aiming high. Source: Kempton Express

Dorcas, who is the daughter renowned actor Oupa ‘China’ Malatjie, said:

Growing up, life was very challenging but through other people’s motivations and teachings, I was able to focus, work hard and become what I wanted to be.
That is also my goal, to see myself inspiring young people, motivating them to achieve great things and helping those who are in need.

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She added that she loves her career as a teacher and educator:

In the classroom is where I meet our future presidents, doctors, nurses etc. Working with children is amazing. It is in teaching where I am able to motivate those children [and] tell them that they can be whatever they want.

Besides being an educator, Dorcas is also a dancer, choreographer, and a netball player and coach. She also motivates Grade 11 and 12 learners and plans to start a Sunday mathematics tutorial.

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She advised young learners to work hard and be confident in themselves. She described her passion for education:

It’s amazing. I want to be remembered as someone who loved and enjoyed education, who believed that the sky is not the limit.
As someone who was dedicated, loving, passionate about education and who believed in each and every individual. And also as someone who relied on God, because without Him, I am nothing.

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