Engen Maths and Science School’s Jubilee Tinomudaishe Dongo has embarked on her path to become an actuary after earning nine awards for matric.
Despite the numerous disruptions to the academic year from Covid-19, Dongo overcame the odds of achieving an impressive 96% in math and 88% in science.
Her nine awards have earned her a place at the University of the Witwatersrand to study actuarial science.
When asked what motivates the tenacious teen, Dongo said, “Don’t stop when you’re tired; you stop when you are done.”
“I believe I have what it takes to make a mark in the world,” she adds confidently.
With an intense workload caused by learning gaps from a disrupted grade 11 in 2020, Dongo said she realized she can do anything no matter the challenges.
Looking back on a tough 2021, Dongo and her classmates missed several school-defining events that many teens dream about.
“The pandemic has also robbed us of a Valentine’s Ball and a Matric dance, something I’ve been looking forward to since 8th grade.”
Her advice for the math class of 2022?
“Be disciplined, work hard, and be consistent with your schoolwork,” Donga said.
Donga recognized the vital role of her family for their unwavering encouragement.
“They have always been my support system and motivated me to be the best I can be.”
The Engen Mathematics and Science Schools has been operating for over 30 years.
It offers underprivileged students in grades 10-12 free additional math, science and English on Saturdays at nine locations in South Africa.
compiled by Narissa Subramoney