Sit down every day, study and know your dream, top pupil tells ...


Sit down every day, study and know your dream, top pupil tells matrics

Thabo Mthombeni, who was part of Stellenbosch University’s SciMathUS in 2020, has this advice for youngsters


Achieving excellent academic results does not require a complex mathematical formula.

This is according to top 2020 matriculant Thabo Mthombeni. “Work hard, work smart. Sit down every day and study. Know what your dream is,” he said.

From Thabazimbi, Limpopo, Mthombeni achieved 91% in mathematics and 98% in physical sciences. His success was made possible by Stellenbosch University’s SciMathUS programme, managed by the institution’s Centre for Pedagogy. It annually offers pupils “from educationally disadvantaged circumstances across the country a second chance to qualify for higher education”. If a pupil passed grade 12 with an average of at least 60%, but did not qualify for higher education, the programme provides them with the opportunity to improve their matric results and then reapply for university. ..

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