Kharina pupil does school proud

2015-11-11 06:00
PHOTO: nqobile mtolo Grade 11 Kharina Secondary pupil Llwyelyn Dumakude (right) and Kharina  Secondary head of department in commerce, Sharitha Pillay.

PHOTO: nqobile mtolo Grade 11 Kharina Secondary pupil Llwyelyn Dumakude (right) and Kharina Secondary head of department in commerce, Sharitha Pillay.

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KHARINA Secondary Grade 11 pupil Llwyelyn Dumakude made her school proud when she participated in the 2015 KwaZulu-Natal Financial Literacy Association (KZNFLA) Talking Money Speech Contest recently at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre.

Dumakude said that even though she did not take top spot in the finals, representing her school and the uMgungundlovu­ District was a huge achievement.

“The competition was overwhelming. We had to stay calm and act as though we had everything in control. I am very proud of myself. For a long time I had longed to be part of the competition and I am happy that my dream came true,” said Llwyelyn.

Kharina Secondary’s head of department in commerce, Sharitha Pillay, said that the school received information about the competition a day before the actual event.

“It was a rather late notification, but when I proposed the idea to a couple­ of pupils in Grade 11, Llwyelyn was eager to participate.

“The following day the circuit level competition started at Carter High and she did very well. She then went on to represent uMgungundlovu District in Port Shepstone. She was confident and made the school proud. This was the first time the school has entered the KZNFLA competition.

“We had two pupils who entered, but the other pupil was placed fourth in the first round, so he could not continue. The competition tested a lot of their financial­ skills and we are proud of them,” said Pillay.

Chief adjudicator Lyndwill Clarke of the Financial Services Board said: “The standard has been increasing dramatically­ over the past five years and we are very impressed with the quality of work by the pupils, their teachers and subject advisors.”

Founder of the competition, Artwell Hlengwa, who is also KZNFLA Trust Chair, said the competition was initially started to address the public’s lack of knowledge about products and to start financial education for children who were still in school.

“The shortage of certified financial planners is of great concern.

“No wonder that so many people cannot spend their money properly,” he said.

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