GUTU - Johannes Machinya (17) from Chief Gadzingo in Machinya Village, Gutu who obtained 10 As' at Zimsec 2016 'O' level examinations says his ambition is to become an actuarial scientist when he enrols for tertiary education.
"I want to become an actuary because the profession is challenging and highly rewarding," said Machinya who was the second best student at the Roman Catholic Church-run Serima High School.
The best 2016 'O' level student at Serima was Descent Chiname of Bulawayo who got 11As' and he was top of the 149 candidates who sat for the examinations at the school.
Actuarial science is the discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries and professions.
Actuaries are professionals who are qualified in this field through intense education and experience and help individuals and businesses to make financial sense of the future.
They help to safeguard our future financial well-being in an ever-challenging world and for that they require a high degree of numerical literacy and are trained in maths, probability and statistics.
The 17-year-old who obtained straight As' in Shona, History, Geography, Economics, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Biology, Physical Science, Agriculture, Principles of Accounts and a B in English Language is going to do his 'A' levels at Reformed Church run Pamushana High School in Bikita where he will take up Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
Machinya did his primary at Hwiru and had seven units at Grade Seven and then enrolled at Serima until form four.
"My favourite subject was Accounts and my worst subject was Shona but I studied hard, mastered the novels and as a result I managed to get an A through hard work as I would study on weekends and holidays nonstop," he said.
Machinya is the second born of Fredrick and Shumirai Machinya who stay at Mpandawana. His father is a prominent businessman at the growth point and a farmer while his mother is a teacher by profession
"I would like to express my gratitude to the teachers at Hwiru especially Mr Maradze his Grade Seven teacher, all the Serima staff members who contributed towards his studies, friends and relatives who helped my son in many different ways," said the mother who was bubbling with joy.