RURAL WHIZZKID SETS NEW RECORD | She comes from a poor background where her mother could not afford her school fees.


She was a pioneer ‘A’ Level science student at Gwindingwi High School, a rural day school at Nyika Growth Point in Bikita but despite the odds she went on to get 17 points with three straight As in Maths, Chemistry, Biology and a D in Computer Science.

Pauline Guvuriro has always wanted to become a medical doctor and she is one step closer but her mother cannot even raise money for bus fare to go and look for a place at the University of Zimbabwe.

Dereck Muzinda the head said the whole school is excited about her results. One of her Science teachers, Sukutai Gwenhure said Guvuriro is an exceptionally brilliant girl. “It took us time to settle down after establishing ‘A’ Level science subjects in 2015. We only started doing practicals in the laboratories in the third term of lower sixth and this is how bad it was. However, despite that Pauline got As’ in all her three science subjects,” said Gwenhure.

Pauline says she wants to be a doctor to help her mother. “My mother (Cathrine Wingwiri) complains from time to time that she feels hot. When she does, she asks me to drench her with water and she collapses and remains still for about 15 minutes as if she is in a comma or she is dead or dying. She then wakes up. “I want to do medicine so that I can help my mother with this problem that afflicts her. I want to know what it is,” says Pauline.

She stays with her mother and they rent a single room in Duma, a high density suburb at Nyika. The mother is a vendor who travels around the countryside selling second hand clothes. Pauline does not know where her father is as he has been away since she was a baby.

Pauline could have dropped out of school had it not been of Dr Madhombiro, who gave prize money to the whiz kid each time she came first in her subjects and the money would be used for her fees.

“I paid $60 school fees and $30 lab fees making a total of $90 a term. My mother could not afford that so Dr Madhombiro always gave me cash prizes when I came first in my subjects and this is what I used for fees,” said Pauline.

Pauline said she had a school fees debt and only managed to collect her results after Dr Madhombiro undertook to clear the debt.Gwenhure said she was taking Guvuriro to Capernaum Trust and Joshua Nkomo to apply for a scholarship to study at the UZ.