Zim tops in English

2015-05-28 06:00

Top achiever Zimkhitha Makrwede is handed over an award for being the best performing English student at Oscar Mpetha High School by Lungile Taliwe.  
MAndla Mahashe

Top achiever Zimkhitha Makrwede is handed over an award for being the best performing English student at Oscar Mpetha High School by Lungile Taliwe. PHOTO: MAndla Mahashe

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The competition for top English honours for Oscar Mpetha High School’s grade 10 learners is set to get stiffer.

This is after Zimkhitha Makrwede was awarded the best English student in the grade for the first quarter last Thursday.

She was awarded by the Dr Margaret Elsworth African Scholar Fund, which encourages learners to progress in English literature and affords them bursaries to study further.

Makrwede had her award handed over by Lungile Taliwe, a former beneficiary who also studied at the school in the 1970s.

Taliwe said that the awarding of the top students was one of the ways to encourage learners at his former school.

“We have to emphasize the importance of the English language and encourage our learners to take it more seriously.

We would love for them to learn that studying hard can open many doors for them,” said Taliwe.

A teary Makrwede later said that the award will go a long way in motivating her to continue achieving top marks in the subject.

“This may seem like a small award to some, but for me it is a great achievement. It’s the first ever that I have won recognition and an award.”

She thanked her teachers and schoolmates for the support.

The school’s principal Dumile Mawisa said that the ball was now in the rest of the grade 10s court.

“It’s now your time to pull up your socks and challenge yourselves to do better.

We want to see your marks improving.

I also challenge you to re-establish the book club so that it can help you improve,” Mawisa told the learners and teachers.

Dr Elsworth recalled how she and her husband founded the African Scholars Fund in the 1960s.

She and her husband, who was also a medical doctor started a project to donate books to black learners after the Apartheid government announced that it would give free books to only white school children and excluded the black children.

Since then, they decided to collect and have been accepting donations and distributed them across the Cape Province and later offered bursaries to pupils through the African Scholars Fund


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