Former St. Joseph’s College student, Tumisang Nkwe, made history by scooping 11 A* in the 2020 Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examinations.
What does this mean: The Botswana Examination Council (BEC) confirmed that for the first time in the history of BGCSE a student has achieved all A* grading. BEC offers candidates 9 subjects, but Nkwe decided to add two more and aced them all.
Who inspired him: Nkwe said that his achievement was inspired by some St Joseph’s College alumni, Kago Motho, Laone Ramogerika and others -- who scooped the Golden Boy awards.
“I worked very hard to beat their record. One of them scooped 9 A* stars, so I aimed for the sky. As a triple-sciences student, I had to sit for 10 subjects -- so I decided to challenge myself and do Additional Mathematics, which I only started learning during my final year.”
What is his future academic plan: Nkwe aspires to take up a course in Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States of America.
How do his parents feel: His mother Tshepho Nkwe said words are not enough to express how proud their son made them. She described him as a very humble child who spends most of his time at the cattle post.
“Currently he is at the cattle post in Lekgolobotlo. During his spare time, he tutors standard seven pupils at Lekgolobotlo Primary school in Mathematics and Science” explained Nkwe’s mother.
His words of encouragement: Nkwe challenged fellow students to work extra hard, be competitive and believe that all is possible if you put your mind to it.