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WC top performing science learner awarded scholarship

Namhla Juqu almost had her dreams of going to university dashed due to a lack of funding.

One of Western Cape's top matriculants Namhla Javu is the top science student but doesn't have funding to study Chemical engineering at UCT. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape’s top performing science learner says she’s excited at the prospect of fulfilling her dream of becoming a chemical engineer.

Namhla Juqu almost had her dreams of going to university dashed due to a lack of funding.

Juqu, a matriculant from the Centre of Science and Technology in Khayelitsha, now has it all covered thanks to a scholarship.

Grateful for the funding, the 18-year-old science whizz says she knows for many learners it remains a struggle to afford tertiary education.

“It’s really something to be happy about because for people like us who come from poor backgrounds, funding can be a stumbling block to furthering your studies.”

After achieving 100 percent in Physical Science, seven distinctions and a 92 percent aggregate, Juqu says she’s ready to tackle her undergrad at the University of Cape Town next month.

The youngest of five children, the 18-year-old credits her success to perseverance and hard work, a lesson she says she learnt from her parents who are a domestic worker and taxi driver.

“This, for me, confirms the saying that hard work pays off because over the years I have been working hard and making sacrifices.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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