Amukelani Chauke is from Kaalfontein Extension 4 and did her matric last year at Tsosolotso Ya Afrika Secondary School in Ebony Park.

Amukelani obtained a whopping 5 distinctions in her final school year. She received distinctions in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science, English First Additional Language and Life Orientation.

She is the best performing student amongst IkamvaYouth students in the entire country. She thanked her mentors and her father.

IkamvaYouth gave Amukelani a special price which was not disclosed. Amukelani’s father, Gad Chauke, was beaming with pride. He thanked the CEO of IkamvaYouth Hope Chidawanyiika for the program.

Amukelani’s father made it evident that the role of parents and guardians is vital in their children’s education. Ongoing research shows that family engagement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores parents’ confidence in their children’s education. Students with involved parents or other caregivers earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills, and show improved behavior.

Amu’s father has been with his daughter in her entire academic career. He said “I make sure that I give my baby girl maximum support. You need to understand that as a parent support is all she needs to produce results. The best you can do is to give her as much as you can. I also constantly monitor her school work”.

In addition, Mr Chauke said that they are not rich but he ensures that he pays dish (DStv). This was for Amukelani to watch Channel 319 for Exam Support. Last year while her peers were busy with Amapiano, Amu and her father would wake up at 1am and tune in to the channel.

Amukelani is going to be doing her first year at Stellenbosch University in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She will be reading towards a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB).

Asked what type of doctor she will be she said “This year I’m starting my 6 year marathon to obtain a degree. I will decide what I’m going to specialise in when I know what I’m good at”.

“Never underestimate yourself and always dream BIG”. she advised the class of 2020.

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