Home-schooled matriculant achieves high marks

Jean-Jacq Du Plessis achieved five distinctions in exams conducted by the Independent Examinations Board, including getting 99% for Mathematics, despite having never been to school.

His parents made the decision to home-school him since the age of four, as they believed he would get a better education at home as well as to protect him as he had been having health issues.

He says that home-schooling is not for everyone, as it requires a lot of discipline.

Du Plessis was also one of the 187 pupils registered with Brainline Learning World, and did his studies over the internet. The school has its headquarters in Pretoria and is only one of two schools in South Africa through which learners can do their matric over the internet.

When asked if he managed to socialise with other children, Du Plessis says he did this through his church, as well as other extra mural activities.

He plans to do some missionary work this year before deciding on his career path, and when asked if he knows where he had slipped up to miss out on getting 100% in Mathematics, he shrugged it off saying that it was probably due to slipping up during the year, affecting his final score.

Listen to his interview with John Webb, standing in for Kieno Kammies


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