A large number of matric learners in Bloemfontein wanting to improve their results in Mathematics, Science and Commerce have registered for the Monyetla Bursary Project for 2017. They stood in a long queue at the south campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) on Saturday (28/01) to register. The learning initiative, started nine years ago, is offered on Saturdays as an extra class to enable learners to achieve good results.Consisting of 12 subjects for Gr. 12 learners, a team of teachers assist by clarifying certain aspects of the assessment syllabus that learners find difficult to grasp.Chris Grobler, project coordinator, welcomed registered matriculants.He assured them that their choice of being part of the project was one of the best moves they could have made for their last school year. According to Grobler, the 2016 matric pass rate of those enrolled had increased to 86%.This result strengthens the reputation of the initiative and proves that it can brighten the future of learners who want to further their studies at universities. That learners came in large numbers to register on Saturday, is testimony that the programme is a big success. The learners were overwhelmed when they heard about the prize money of R1 000 that would be offered to the 20 top learners at the end of the programme.Teboho Motsoeneng of the St Michael’s School in Bloemfontein said her experience of registering had been great and in line with her purpose of improving her results. She hoped to be among the best performers. “I have set my goals, and this project will help me achieve them,” she said. Former learners, now studying at the university, were present to encourage the newly-registered learners, stating that, with hard work and consistency from the first day, they would surely enjoy the fruits of their labour. Those who have enrolled for the programme were relieved that transport would be free for them to pave their way to a brighter future.