Hard work paid off last week for 18 deserving scholars around Komani who excelled by obtaining 80% or more in the matric exams for their core subjects last year.
Maki Foundation chief executive officer, Vukani Maki, said matriculants from Bulelani High School, Nkwanca and Kwa Komani Comprehensive School were rewarded last week for producing exceptional results in their studies. The foundation, which focuses on providing assistance and support to scholars through various programmes, hosts an academic award ceremony annually to recognise these high achievers.
“The academic awards for grade 12 pupils started in January 2017, hosted in various districts. We give awards to learners who achieve 80% and more in mathematics, physical science, life science and accounting. We then add geography and agriculture to give other learners a chance.”
According to information provided by Maki, the foundation also conducts mentorship and motivational sessions. Maki also writes books that address challenges faced by teenagers. Beneficiaries each received certificates of recognition, motivational books to enrich their minds and perfume sets.
Speaking at the awards ceremony for Bulelani High School in Ezibeleni, Zine May, who was appointed principal last year, acknowledged the collaborative efforts made by teachers. She included parents and the school governing body which assisted in ensuring that the syllabus was completed.
“Our school obtained a 90.2% matric pass rate, an increase from the 79.6% of the previous year, with 55 Bachelor’s passes. Our target was 80% and our pupils have done a great job. We hope to maintain and go beyond what we acquired.
Siyamthanda Jack of Bulelani High, who received the provincial MEC award for being the second best achiever in the Chris Hani West District said: “I am happy that I have made everyone proud. My dream of becoming a doctor was enough to inspire me to work hard and achieve my goal. The situation at home where my family is dependent on a social grant encouraged me to produce great results. My mother suffers from a mental illness. I always told myself that I wanted to change her situation and the situation at home. I am grateful for the support I got from the teachers as well,” she said.