14-yr-old Zim girl to start university

2012-06-04 08:31

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Zim ranked 13th among world's most fragile states, report shows
Zim ranked 13th among world's most fragile states, report shows

Zimbabwe has been ranked among the most fragile states in the world - just a few weeks after President Robert Mugabe, 93, insisted that his country was the "most highly developed country in Africa after South Africa," a report shows.

Johannesburg - A 14-year-old Zimbabwean girl will start university in August, according to a report.

Maud Chifamba will attend the University of Zimbabwe in Harare and study accounting, The Times reported.

"I have always wanted to be one of those professionals and this is a chance I will grasp with both hands and cherish," Chifamba was quoted as saying.

"It's not everyone who is fortunate enough [to have this opportunity]."

According to the report, in 2003 Chifamba enrolled at a primary school which had only three teachers.

Her teachers, who had noticed her aptitude, moved her from Grade 3 to Grade 6.

In 2006 she was not able to write her Grade 7 exams because her school was not registered.

However, Chifamba wrote her Grade 7 exams in 2007 at the age of nine. She passed her O levels in two years.

In 2010, Platinum mining company Zimplats agreed to pay her fees at Sandringham High School in Mhondoro for her A-level studies.

Last year, Chifamba attained 12 points, which was enough to enrol in university.

The Revenue Authority would pay Chifamba's fees until she graduates four years from now.

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