- In 2017, Quintine Mkhondo graduated from the University of Pretoria (UP) at the age of 19
- According to Tuks' website, Mkhondo skipped grade five and nine due to his advanced intellectual abilities
- He matriculated at the age of 14 and went on to study towards a degree in actuarial science
When most South African teens turn 19, they experience their first year at varsity. However, for Quintine Mkhondo it was the age he graduated from UP.
Mkhondo, who is intellectually gifted, matriculated from the Hoedspruit Independent College in 2012 when he was just 14 years old.
His mental capabilities were so far ahead of his peers' that he skipped both Grades 5 and 9. While attending a career fair as a 12-year-old in Grade 10, Mkhondo decided he wanted to pursue a career in actuarial science.
By the age of 15, Mkhondo moved out of his parents' home and enrolled in the UP Extended Programme in Mathematical Sciences.
He passed with flying colours and was transferred to the Hatfield Campus to complete his degree, UP wrote on its website.
"My journey at the University of Pretoria forced me to grow up at a much faster rate than the normal South African teenager, but I don't regret a minute of it," says Quintine. '" have grown in so many different aspects of my life, and learned to work hard and never give up on what I want to achieve," he was quoted.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Mkhondo said his time at Tuks was far from easy and he had to overcome many difficulties and distractions to obtain his degree.
However, he added he never gave up and now feels like the challenges made him stronger. After his graduation, Mkhondo set his sights on a Honours Degree in Mathematical Statistics and he also works as a teaching assistant on campus.
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