Learners taught value of spelling

2016-06-01 06:00
MEMBERS of Children of the Dawn, together with representatives of the St Kizito Children’s Programme, with certificates they received at a recent spelling bee.

MEMBERS of Children of the Dawn, together with representatives of the St Kizito Children’s Programme, with certificates they received at a recent spelling bee.

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – “Social media has a bad influence on our daily lives in terms of spelling.”

These are the words of Diau Motholo, manager of the Barona Bana Association in Makgalaneng, Qwaqwa.

He spoke at the spelling bee held at the Mafube Intermediate School on Saturday (28/05). The competition was for learners from gr. 7 to gr. 9 and all the schools in the area of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality were invited to enter participants.

The schools that took part were the Mantshatlala Intermediate School, Mohale Intermediate School, Mafube Intermediate School, Dithotaneng Intermediate School, Sasamala Secondary School and the Akofang Senior Phase School.

Motholo told Express Eastern Free State that they were aiming high in helping the students to get their spelling right for the final examinations. He explained that they had realised many learners were not getting spelling right, even though they knew the answers to test questions.

“Small spelling mistakes they make change the meaning of the whole sentence. This will affect their achievement during their final exam,” Motholo said.

He said children often forget that the spelling they use on social media is not allowed in schools.

“They spend most of their time on social media and in the end they get used to that language. We want them to go back to the basics. We know that social media has taken the world by storm, but they should be able to differentiate between the schooling and social media world.”

Hopolang Litsoane, a learner of the Sasamala Secondary School, scooped first place in the competition. Pontsho Gadebe of the Dithotaneng Intermediate School came second and Masoetsa of the Akofang Senior Phase School walked away with third place.

Hopolang said the competition had been very tough and she thanked God for guiding her to glory.

“I thank God for guiding me through this competition. It wasn’t easy, because I came across some words I had never seen before,” said Hopolang.

Meanwhile, Children of the Dawn, a non-profit organisation based at Namahadi, in partnership with the St Kizito Children’s Programme from Tsheseng, hosted a similar competition for u.14 learners. Children who participated in the competition were awarded a certificate on the day.

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