Education: six from PMB schools in ’08 olympiad

2008-07-10 00:00

Six pupils from Pietermaritzburg schools made it to the 2008 De Beers English Olympiad Top 100, with one of them featuring in the top 15.

Pratishtha Haridass from Epworth High School placed 15th and was selected to attended the five-day National Schools Festival in Grahamstown.

The top three will be treated to a United Kingdom tour in December.

Other city pupils who are among the top 1 000 from 5 300 entries are Ian Caister and Benjamin Rule, both from Maritzburg College, and Humayda Hassan Murchie from Maritzburg Muslim School for Girls. Klyne Maharaj from Hilton College and Elizabeth Gaisford from the Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg outside Pietermaritzburg.

The De Beers English Olympiad was started in the Eastern Cape in 1976, and two years later it went national. Chief examiner Andrew Renard said the aim of the Olympiad is to create a learning experience that will enhance the candidates’ ability to work alone and with their peers.

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