A GRADE 11 Carter High pupil is representing Pietermaritzburg in the provincial Talk Money Speech Contest finals on September 29 at the Kwa-Dukuza Town Hall, Ilembe District. Prashalen Govender (17) from Chase Valley has come first in the competition from school level up until district level. This annual competition is organised by the KwaZulu-Natal Financial Literacy Association (KZNFLA) Trust in partnership with KZN Treasury, KZN Financial Services and KZN Department of Education.Its objective is to encourage careers in finance, entrepreneurship and financial planning in particular, and to promote financial literacy in schools. Prashalen is the only pupil from all the municipalities under Umgungundlovu District who got through to provincial level. Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Prashalen said he is excited to represent his school and his city in the competition. “I am very humbled by the experience, it is something big. I want to know how far can I go because people have always told me I speak well,” he said. Prashalen said he was shocked when the results were announced. “When they called the second and third position names, I wanted to be the one called for first position, and it happened. I am ready for this competition and hope I will do my school and city proud.”Prashalen’s business studies teacher, Jerisha Bramdaw said as a school they are confident that Prashalen will do exceptionally well. “He is such a deserving pupil. He has a passion for business studies, he always has. “In this time it is very hard to find pupils like him,” she said. Prashalen will compete against 11 pupils from KwaZulu-Natal districts. If he wins he will move to inter-provincial level.