Stephanie Nyambe from Chengelo School in Mkushi has achieved the highest standard marks in the world in the November 2016 Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Agriculture examination.
She has since received a Top in the World award from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge her outstanding performance.
On her achievement, Stephanie says: I’m overwhelmed by the idea of me achieving the best results in the world in the Cambridge Agriculture exam. I am thankful to God because He is the one who did everything for me when I put all my faith in Him and applied hard work. I am also grateful to my Agriculture teacher, Mr Chitembo who relentlessly pushed me to go an extra mile when I felt I had reached my limit. I am very honoured to be in such a position and thank my parents for sacrificing so much to ensure I got a good education at Chengelo. I hope my award will inspire other students to work hard and achieve their potential.”
Stephanie was privileged to meet President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya at the just ended Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) Agritech Expo in Chisamba.
President Lungu commended Stephanie for a job well done and said her Top in the World award had made him and Zambia proud.
He said her accomplishment was testament that Zambians can do it.
Ms. Siliya and the President of the ZNFU Jevis Zimba echoed President Lungu’s words saying they were very happy with Stephanie’s remarkable results.
Stephanie’s achievement falls closely on the heels of Chengelo’s launch of the BTEC Extended Diploma in Agriculture and the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Agriculture, both offered at Sixth Form level.
It is testimony to the school’s passion for Agriculture and commitment to evolving agriculture into the mainstay of Zambia’s economy following government’s call for more investment in the sector.
Chengelo School has for many years produced among the best results in the world owing to its first-rate standards of teaching and learning.
The school’s Agriculture Department has an admirable track record of excellent results with a 100% grade A*- C pass in the last 7 years and A*- A in the last 2 years.
The department previously attained a Top in the World award from Cambridge International Examinations when Ridhwaan Mukadam scored the highest marks in the world in Agriculture in 2009.
Last year, five Chengelo students also attained Top in the World awards for the best results in IGCSE Business Studies, Computer Science, Design and Technology, and A-Level Computing and Psychology.
Andrew Cowling, Principal of Chengelo School commented: “We are delighted for Stephanie, this is a great achievement, a tribute to a lot of hard work from Stephanie and another positive reflection on the quality of teaching here at Chengelo. We are pleased that this year we are demonstrating outstanding learning in agriculture; this is a vital subject for Zambia at this time and we are confident that our students will go onto make a valued contribution within Zambia. A top of the world certificate is a measure of outstanding ability and I am sure this will help to open up many opportunities for Stephanie.”