Ex-Kearsney head boy hon­oured in Amer­ica

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A FOR­MER KwaZulu-Na­tal head boy has been awarded a pres­ti­gious aca­demic honour for achiev­ing in the top 10% at one of the world’s lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties. Monde Nkosi, pic­tured, was named an Ar­jay Miller Scholar at the Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness at Stan­ford Univer­sity in the US at the week­end, be­com­ing the first black South African to re­ceive the honour.

The 27-year-old from Kloof achieved this while study­ing a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and a Mas­ter of Arts in Ed­u­ca­tion si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

“I ap­plied to Har­vard and Stan­ford and was for­tu­nately ac­cepted at both, but chose Stan­ford be­cause they al­lowed me to do both de­grees at the same time. I spent a lot of time on my bike be­tween the busi­ness and ed­u­ca­tion cam­puses,” said Nkosi.

A top achiever through­out his school­ing, Nkosi was the re­cip­i­ent of a schol­ar­ship at Kearsney Col­lege.

“That was thanks to an old boy who de­cided to start a schol­ar­ship to help oth­ers get an ed­u­ca­tion. I have re­ceived a lot of help along the way, through schol­ar­ships in high school and univer­sity, and great men­tor­ship,” he said.

This and his fam­ily’s in­flu­ence ce­mented his de­sire to work in ed­u­ca­tion. “My gran was a teacher and my mom ded­i­cated her life to ed­u­ca­tion; she started a school in ru­ral Jozini. Al­though progress has been made, across sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa there are far more peo­ple fin­ish­ing sec­ondary school than there are slots in uni­ver­si­ties, and it is clear from gov­ern­ment bud­gets that this gap can­not be filled by gov­ern­ments alone.

“I want to work to ex­pand higher ed­u­ca­tion ac­cess through high-qual­ity pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions,” said Nkosi.

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