Bursary win is a ‘saviour’

2019-10-23 06:00
Handing over the bursary to Ashiel Maharaj (right) are IT Certification Academy (ITCA) student advisor Gareth Paul (left) and Heather Secondary principal Darrel John.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Handing over the bursary to Ashiel Maharaj (right) are IT Certification Academy (ITCA) student advisor Gareth Paul (left) and Heather Secondary principal Darrel John.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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HEATHER Secondary’s Grade 12 pupil, Ashiel Maharaj, was the lucky recipient of the 13th annual IT Certification Academy (ITCA) bursary draw that was held recently.

According to Shanice Basdeo, ITCA’s national operations co-ordinator, ITCA is an institution that provides the highest standard with international certifications and national qualifications to students and working professionals.

“We started our bursary draws in 2006 and the one held this year was our 13th annual bursary draw. It was started in an effort to provide financial aid to students who have a passion for IT but not the means to pursue tertiary studies,” said Basdeo.

Basdeo explained how pupils go about applying for the bursary, saying that applicants were required to submit either an application form or a 30-second video telling ITCA why they deserve to win the bursary.

All applicants were then invited to the live bursary draw, which was on October 5, where pupils competed against each other and faced elimination rounds in order to win.

Lucky to receive the bursary, valued at R81 900, to study with ITCA Pietermaritzburg, Ashiel said he was extremely elated.

“I was over the moon because I knew it was a saviour to my mother since tertiary studies are very financially straining,” said Ashiel.

He said he had applied for a computer science course at the university of South Africa “because I have a passion when it comes to computers and my second option was forensic science because I enjoy puzzles and love challenging my mind with different scenarios”.

Now that the worry for next years’ fees is a thing of the past, Ashiel’s mother, Nirasha, said: “I am extremely grateful to ITCA for providing my son with an opportunity at a bright and prosperous future. This bursary has ensured that I don’t feel the financial strain that so many parents feel when providing an education for their children.”

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