…Maths stops her am­bi­tion, leads her to law

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Hav­ing set her mind to pur­sue a science de­gree, her O’level math­e­mat­ics de­nied her that op­portu- nity.

“Af­ter a care­ful de­bate be­tween my par­ents; my mom thought hu­man­i­ties would of­fer a sta­ble job for life, whereas my dad wanted his daugh­ter to be a lawyer. My dad chose law for me,” says Dr Gce­bek­ile Dlamini.

By her sec­ond year, she says she knew the course was not for her and tried to change cour­ses but her par­ents called for her to be re­lent­less. “My par­ents’ words were ‘Fin­ish this course first, af­ter that you can study any­thing you want.” De­spite this mo­ti­va­tion, she found her­self sup­ple­ment­ing one sub­ject ev­ery year af­ter re­sults were re­leased. “It was a painful ex­pe­ri­ence. Grad­u­a­tion day was a re­lief.” This was her ticket to study what she wanted. The next two qual­i­fi­ca­tions were a breeze for her be­cause she was in­clined to So­cial Sci­ences.

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