Matric pupil aces 100% in a university-level maths paper

2014-04-16 00:00

MATRIC pupil Chad Leydekkers is so good at maths he aced 100% in a university-level mathematics paper.

Chad, a matric pupil at Port Natal School in Umbilo, achieved his remarkable mark during the Science Week held at the North West University in Potchefstroom, North West, recently.

“It was just like the maths we do in matric, maybe a bit more difficult,” Chad said.

He has a real passion for maths and science, and his face lights up when he talks about the subjects that can sometimes seem impossible for other pupils.

“I just love how everything in maths comes together to work out perfectly. You get one long sum, but by writing everything out you get to this specific number, an exact answer,” he said.

He was the only one out of the 50 chosen pupils from all over the country who scored top marks in the maths paper at the university’s Science Week.

“It was given to us to show the type of maths we can expect when we go to university next year.

“I think additional maths, a subject we do apart from our normal school curriculum, really helps me to prepare for the difficulty of maths at university level,” he said.

He said he wants to become a theo­retical physicist and plans to go and study at the North West University in Potch.

“Not a lot of people follow this direction so I’m quite excited to go and study,” he said.

He said people must remember that not everyone is good at maths and that they are better at something else.

“With maths, you need a strong foundation and I think that’s what’s helped me all these years.”

And with a brain working as hard as Chad’s, it’s good to know that he doesn’t do maths every second of the day.

“I like to just relax and watch a movie with my friends,” he said.

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