NC learner first in spelling bee

2016-11-09 06:00
Mayuri Govender

Mayuri Govender

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A lot of praise was heaped upon a young learner from Kimberley, Mayuri Govender (9), who scooped the title as top learner in the primary school category of the national Spelling Bee Competition on Saturday, 1 October.

She was among the three champion spellers who represented the Northern Cape at the national championship at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.

Her achievement, according to the Northern Cape Department of Education, is proof that learners from the province do not need to back down or even feel intimidated when they compete with the rest of the country.

The Spelling Bee Competition, which is the Integrated National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), is also part of the national Getting the Nation to Read campaign.

Congragulating Mayuri, spokesperson of the Department of Education in the Northern Cape, Geoffrey van der Merwe, said an accomplishment of this nature reflects the potential, commitment and hard work that was put in.

The department emphasised that this kind of achievement by Mayuri should serve as motivation for more academic diamonds to be discovered in the province.

“We are very proud of our little diamond. It shows that the quality of education in the Northern Cape is reaping the fruits of success,” added Van der Merwe.

“This competition not only provides a valuable learning experience for learners, but also allows them to engage in healthy competition.

“Learners gain competency over vocabulary and this allows them to excel at reading and writing.

“It instills self-confidence to speak in public and accept their mistakes, while also getting the applause their hard work deserves.”

The Northern Cape Department of Education pledges its committment to provide every child with the best opportunity to succeed in life, through programmes such as the Spelling Bee Competition, in an effort to shape them for the wonderful and prosperous future that awaits them.

Van der Merwe revealed that the number of schools that enrolled for participation in the programme has grown tremendously this year, as 224 learners from 71 schools from all five districts participated.

Only one home school qualified for the district eliminations.

“This competition demonstrates the importance of the three pillars, namely public ordinary schools, independent schools and home education, on which the basic education system depends,” he said.

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