Maths whizz back in the city to spread some magic

2019-01-23 06:00

BACK in South Africa after 19 years of teaching mathematics in New Zealand, Pietermaritzburg’s very own math wizard Siva Chetty is on a mission to encourage the youth of the city to engage studiously with their studies to ensure a brighter future.

Having been brought up under underprivileged circumstances, Naidoo made sure that he worked hard and thus received the only scholarship offered by the Pietermaritzburg Council in 1965, due to his outstanding results, in order to study teaching.

“It does not mean that if you are poor that you must give up. We are the drivers of our own destiny,” said Naidoo.

A lover of all things mathematical, after completing his teaching degree Naidoo got his first job at Woodlands High School, the same school that he attended as a teenager.

It was there that he then completed a Bachelor­ of Science through Unisa.

Naidoo then stood as the Head of Department of Natural Sciences at a school in East Rand, Benoni, for a year before he returned to Springfield College where he received his education degree, this time as a lecturer.

Chetty then went on to study his honours at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, eventually completing his master’s in applied mathematics in just six months.

“My thesis was then published internationally and, in my travels, one day in Washington DC at a library there I was able to find my thesis,” said Naidoo proudly.

Speaking on the development of the infrastructure in his native country, Naidoo said that he was pleasantly surprised when he got to Oliver Tambo Airport and, after much sightseeing, he noticed a lot of positives.

“The country has grown immensely since I left for New Zealand so many years ago.

“Now I want to use my time wisely here to help empower the minds of the pupils,” said Naidoo, who will be embarking on a tour of a few schools in Pietermaritzburg while he is here on holiday.

“Education is the only thing that no one can take away from you,” said Naidoo.

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