80 ‘lucky’ ones to graduate

2012-11-14 00:00

A PARTNERSHIP between a leading Zululand private school, a multi-national corporate and the provincial Education Department, saw 80 pupils graduate yesterday.

Known as Bambisanani, the community learning programme is funded to the tune of R3,5 million by the Rio Tinto-owned Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), while the course has been devised and managed by Grantleigh College, which is approved by the department.

At the graduation ceremony for the Grade 12 class, the pupils were acknowledged for their hard work over the past academic year.

Jabu Kubheka, RBM’s general manager, told the children to remain respectful and find their niche.

“Don’t try and be a jack of all trades. Don’t mix politics, education, religion and business together. Have the right attitude,” he said.

Sifiso Ndimande, representing the department, said the pupils should consider themselves “lucky”.

“You are a fortunate group. Choose friends carefully when you go on towards university. Be careful and make sure they support you in your studies instead of dragging you down.”

Bambisanani development director and Grantleigh principal Shaun McMurtry said he was proud to see the pupils graduate.

The Bambisanani programme works with 360 pupils from 14 partner schools from Grade 10-12.

The pupils are chosen for the programme based on their end-of-year results, with between 10 and 20 coming from each school.

The selected students receive extra lessons in Science, Maths and English.

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