UFH Graduate and Masters student ranked among Top Performing Mathematics Teachers in BCM Education District

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Mr Vuyisa Cuku, a UFH 2021 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics graduate and current Masters of Science in Pure Mathematics student has been recognized as one of the top-performing Mathematics Teachers in the Buffalo City Metro (BCM) Education District. 

The 32-year-old from Centane teaches maths to Grade 10- 12 learners at Ulwazi Secondary School in Mdantsane – one of the best performing schools in the district. 
Last month (May), he was awarded a certificate of recognition by the Eastern Cape Department of Education, after his learners attained a 100% maths pass rate in the 2020 National Senior Certificate examinations.
Cuku - the first person in his family to obtain a university qualification - is passionate about mathematics. He has two qualifications from the UFH. He obtained a Bachelor of Education (Mathematics and Physical Science) in 2018 and in 2020, the BSc (Hons) in mathematics which was awarded during the 2021 hybrid Winter Graduation ceremony on 21 June.
Contrary to a popular belief that maths is difficult, Cuku says it is one of the easiest subjects. “Once you understand the basics of maths and develop a passion for numbers, the problem solves itself. It is the easiest subject. In maths you do not write something that does not prove, and in a problem statement you have so many options of answers to the same questions.”
He encourages learners to take up maths in school. “Maths is the answer to the high unemployment rate in this country. I believe if you can solve a maths problem you can solve any problem presented to you in life.”
Cuku is currently pursuing his third qualification at UFH, a Master of Science in Pure Maths. His research topic is titled: Fuzzy multi-order relative to Fuzzy sub multi group. His supervisor is Professor Babington Bonginkosi Makamba, a C-rated Researcher and Mathematics Professor in the UFH Mathematics Department. 
“My goal is to complete my Masters in one year and proceed to PhD level. I am grateful to the University of Fort Hare for giving me a chance to build my mathematics career and my mother for always supporting me.” 
By Aretha Linden