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    Poverty does not stop rural girl from setting eyes on Medicine


     Makes record 17 points from a rural school


    NYIKA – Pauline Guvuriro has set an 'A' Level Zimsec record against all odds.
    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.
    Guvuriro has always wanted to become a medical doctor and she is one step in except that 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. She said chances were that her feat has not been repeated anywhere in this country for a pioneer student at a rural school where science subjects are being taught at 'A' Level for the first time to pass with such distinction.
    "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.
    A shy rural girl with a hearty laughter Guvuriro can swing from one extreme to another. Breaking into shy giggles in-between questions Guvuriro went numb after being asked why she wanted to be a doctor.
    She held her eyes and tears started running down.
    "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 Guvuriro who sobbed quietly before recovering to continue with the interview.
    Guvuriro 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. Guvuriro does not know where her father is as he has been away since she was a baby.
    Guvuriro 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 Guvuriro.
    Guviriro said she had a school fees debt and only managed to collect her results after Dr Madhombiro undertook to clear the debt.
    She said she was taking Guvuriro to Capernaum Trust and Joshua Nkomo to apply for a scholarship to study at the University.
    Asked how she managed her studies, Guvuriro said that she stayed alone most of the time because her mother would be out in the country. She would after school, do all the household chores and read for two hours before she went to sleep.
    "After school I would go home and do all the chores including preparing my own meals and this would take me up to 8pm. I would then read for two hours and sleep at 10. That's all I did. I grasped most of the things the teacher taught in class," she said.
    Asked whether she had a personal mobile phone and whether it was necessary for students to have them, Guvuriro said the gadgets were important for research but cautioned that most children were not ready to use them.
    "Most children are not yet ready to use the phone for research. The gadget is being abused but otherwise I support the idea that students have them," she said.
    Guvuriro had ten subjects at 'O' Level with 8 As, 1 B and 1 C.
    Her biggest regret is her friend who dropped out of school after falling pregnant while she was doing lower sixth.
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