Municipality invests big in education

2018-02-08 06:00

BEST performers for the Class of 2017 reaped rewards for their hard work as our municipality rewarded them for their sterling academic performance at school during the glittering Mayoral Bursary Fund Awards Ceremony held at the at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre yesterday.

This year, the Mayoral Bursary Fund Programme has gone beyond awarding just excelling pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. We gave away bursaries to top subject achievers and overall achievers in each local municipality. Certificates of achievement were awarded to the best performing teachers in various subjects, best performing schools and the most improved school.

We have also awarded bursaries of R10 000 to 48 beneficiaries who have been accepted to registered tertiary institutions around the country for 2018. Nine of the 48 beneficiaries were top achievers and best performers in the Class of 2017. Our total contribution is R480 000, growing the number of beneficiaries by 11 and our financial aid by R100 000 from 2017.

The inception of this programme came about through the identification of a need to financially assist deserving pupils to further their education. This programme also enables us to put emphasis on the importance of local government playing a role in building a strong local graduate professional base. This is an achievement for the district in ensuring that education remains a priority in the district.

As Ugu District Municipality, we remain committed to ensuring that we continue to plant the seed of education in our schools and ensure that our top achievers and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds claim their rights to education through initiatives such as this Mayoral Bursary Fund Programme also available in the local municipalities.

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