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Chengelo Student Achieves ‘Top in the World’ Exam Result

We are delighted to announce that one of our current Sixth Form students, Luyando Lisimba, has just received news from the Cambridge examination board that he has achieved the prestigious ‘Top in the Worldaward for his outstanding performance at IGCSE level in Agriculture.

Cambridge Top in the World awards are given to learners worldwide who achieved the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject. Given that the IGCSE syllabus is taught in nearly 5,000 schools across 145 countries, this is an incredible feat!

Luyando Lisimba with his Top in the World Cambridge certificate for Agriculture along side Chengelo School Principal: Mr. Andrew Cowling, HOD Agriculture: Mr. Edward Chitembo and Head of Secondary: Mr. Chriss Banda. (L-R).

Luyando becomes the 8th Chengelo student in recent years to achieve this accolade following in the footsteps of previous leaders in their fields:

  • Stephanie Nyambe: Top in the World for IGCSE Agriculture in 2016.
  • Julu Lund: Top in the World for A-Level Computer Science in 2015.
  • Anna DeWet: Top in the World for A-Level Psychology in 2015.
  • Dalitso Moyo: Top in the World for IGCSE Computer Science in 2015.
  • Munashe Muyangwa: Top in the World for IGCSE Design and Technology in 2015.
  • Karan Patel: Top in the World for IGCSE Business Studies in 2015.
  • Julu Lund: Top in the World for AS level Mathematics in 2014.

In Luyando’s own words, “It’s overwhelming! Words can barely describe how I’m feeling. I’d like to thank Mr. Chitembo, my family and all my friends for always pushing me to do my best and maintain high standards. I must thank God as well for without Him, this would not be possible. I’d like to encourage everyone and let you know that there is no limit to what you can achieve as long as you have faith, determination and drive“.

We’re thrilled for Luyando and his parents and grateful for the hard work and dedication put in by Mr. Chitembo and the Agriculture department. The School Principal, Mr. Andrew Cowling paid particular tribute to Mr Chitembo, saying “To get your whole class to achieve the top grade A* was an outstanding achievement. To secure a Top in the World certificate is even more remarkable, but to now achieve the Top in the World certificate for a second time shows the remarkable standards you are achieving with your students.

These students have not just set ‘world class standards’, they are an inspiration to their peers.

Luyando is now in Sixth Form, working towards his A Level qualifications. He hopes to go to Loughborough or Manchester University in 2021 to study Computer Science.


  1. Mrs Helen Banda

    Congratulations to Luyando, his family and indeed to Chengelo! This is great news and it certainly is a sign that Chengelo’s environment is ripe and tested enough to bring out the best in both children and teachers.

  2. Mibela Chileshe

    Congratulations to Luyando, his Parents and the entire staff at Chengelo for the outstanding result and putting Mother Zambia proudly on the global academic map.

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