More than one thousand Grade 12 top learners in Gauteng are going to reap the benefits of bursaries worth R58 million to assist them to further their studies at the higher education institutions in the coming year.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane revealed on Monday that this year, the provincial government, via the Gauteng City Region Academy awarded 1 050 bursaries to top learners from Quintiles 1, 2 and 3 schools, that happens to be no fee paying schools worth R58 million. For more information click here
Mokonyane said the bursaries confirm government’s dedication to education, particularly the education of disadvantaged children.
“They continue to be a key priority as we continue to transform our society and demographic outlook of our economically active citizenry, we hope that this initiative will encourage the ‘Class of 2011’ to work even harder, so that they can also become beneficiaries of this scheme,” said Mokonyane.
Wishing Grade 12 leaners all the best in their exams, Mokonyane cautioned parents, educators and society not to pressurise the learners but rather provide the proper support and reassurance.
“The pressure we place on the learners sometimes has disastrous outcomes.”
In excess of 45 000 students commenced their practical examination in Information Technology at numerous centres throughout the country on Monday.
The big day for matrics is going to be 24 October, where a total of 620 266 learners – including 512 029 full time and 108 237 part time learners – are going to be writing a two-hour English Home Language and First Additional Language Paper 1, and a two-and-half hour English Second Additional Language.
“We would like to wish all our matriculants all the best throughout their final exams, we thank them for their hard work and commitment throughout their schooling years…this is the opening of a door to a new chapter in their lives as they close the chapter of their secondary education,” said Mokonyane.
With the exception of occurrences of power outages at examination centres in the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the beginning of the practical exams on Monday went well.