- Khanyisa Dyonashe, who comes from a disadvantaged background, has enrolled to study actuarial science at the University of Cape Town (UCT)
- The 17-year-old completed matric with an astounding 89% in maths and science
- Dyonashe, who grew up in a township, placed first in her Grade 12 class in 2018
Khanyisa Dyonashe is an inspirational young woman for more than one reason - despite growing up disadvantaged, she's studying an extremely difficult field at UCT.
The 17-year-old grew up in Mdantsane, a township outside of East London, and she attended one of the country's notoriously underresourced schools, Good Things Guy reported.
However, despite not being in one of SA top's school or having the means every child deserves, Dyonashe graduated top of her matric class in 2018.
In fact, she achieved an astounding 89% in two of the hardest high school subjects - mathematics and science.
Because of her exceptional marks, Dyonashe was accepted to study actuarial science at UCT - which is particularly difficult to get into.
Luckily, Dyonashe had a bit of help achieving the matric marks necessary to be able to study the difficult academic field.
Briefly.co.za gathered she was chosen to participate in the Kutlwanong Promaths programme in Mdantsane - which provides extra maths and science education to Grade 10-12 learners over weekends.
“Over three years, Kutlwanong trebled my love for the subject and ultimately my potential. It made my love for maths far more rewarding, and it really pushed me to my limits,” she said.
Dyonashe was one of the top-performing matriculants in the Eastern Cape. She credited her family for her success - adding she wanted to make her parents proud.
She now plans on succeeding in a field dominated by men.
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