Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust awards 52 bursaries


     The cream of the crop of Alexandra receives dividends for their hard work.

    The  Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust has awarded 52 university bursaries to the matric Class of 2018 top achievers of different schools from Alexandra.

    This was after the trust hosted its prestigious annual awards ceremony in Sankopano Community Centre to honour and reward the cream of the crop of Alexandra.

    During the ceremony, the trust also awarded certificates and cash prizes to the value of R 2 000 to Grade 10s and 11s – the top 50 learners – to cover their school-related cost for this academic year. Kwabhekilanga Secondary School, who achieved a 93 per cent pass rate, received a cheque of R 150 000 to use for school security system improvements.

    Addressing scores of people who attended the event, the chairperson of the trust and ANC’s Treasure General Paul Mashatile urged parents and community members to support learners in schools.

    “Through this year’s performance, we are beginning to see the fruits of our collective work. We can say boldly that our public education system is indeed undergoing the fundamental transformation which is a qualitative shift from what we inherited in 1994. Let’s support our children and help them make their dreams become a reality,” he said.

    “The continued improvements create a new challenge and increasing demand for higher education. The pursuance of higher education has become a normal challenge for the black child. In our view this is a nice problem to have,” said Mashatile.

    He also reminded and urged the Grade 12 Class of 2019 to focus on achieving good marks and not worry about university funding next year. He said the trust will take care of their financial needs.

    This year’s top achiever Khathutshelo Mashiane (17) from Alexandra High School who obtained six distinctions said working hard from the beginning of the year was his secret weapon to achieve good marks.

    • This was how schools and learners were awarded:
    • Kwabhekilanga Secondary School – R150 000 first place for best-performing school.
    • Realogile Secondary School – R100 000, second place for best-performing school.
    • East Bank High School – R50 000, third place for best-performing school.
    • Matric top 22 – R80 000, a MacBook and a certificate of recognition for each learner.