Bookworms read to victory in competition

2016-06-02 06:00
PHOTOS: candyce krishna Second-place winners (75%) from Sanywanya High.

PHOTOS: candyce krishna Second-place winners (75%) from Sanywanya High.

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READERS are made, not born - that was one of the reasons why the Department of Education, Ugu District, launched it’s first book review competition for Grade 10 pupils on Tuesday at Hoërskool Suid-Natal.

The other reasons were to encourage pupils to read and to prepare them for matric.

Thirteen schools from the Ugu District participated in the competition and the top five were awarded.

The idea of the competition was presented to teachers at the beginning of the year.

In February pupils were given four English short stories and two Zulu books to read and review.

Although Afrikaans books were also included in the competition, schools with pupils who chose Afrikaans as a second language subject, did not participate in the competition.

“These stories and books were not only chosen to encourage pupils to read, but also to prepare them for matric,” said Mes Mbhele of School Library Services.

Every Grade 10 pupil from each participating school had to read and review the books. Teachers then chose the top six from the grade to participate in the competition.

The top five winners were announced and the project was officially launched on Tuesday.

Schools in fourth and fifth place received medals and certificates and the top three winners received medals, certificates and trophies. All participants were given medals for participating in the competition.

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