Boksburg High School and Hoërskool Oosterlig shone bright at this year’s Ekurhuleni’s Annual Academic Excellence Awards ceremony, held at Emperors Palace, on January 24.
Congratulatory tokens in the form of bursaries, laptops, certificates and trophies were awarded to the best performing matric learners and best performing schools.
The Ekurhuleni bursary recipient graduates were also honoured at the awards ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, mayor Mzwandile Masina congratulated the matric top achievers and graduates who have made the metro proud.
“It is precisely because of your victory against all odds that makes today’s event a special one.
“We commend all of you for a job well done and encourage you to maintain your spirit of hard work, dedication and commitment,” said Masina.
The mayor added that it was great that in this lifetime, no academically deserving child would be denied a chance at education because of their family circumstances.
The mayor was referring to the government’s announcement of free education.
Masina said the metro has increased the bursary fund from R10-million to R100-m and said they are still committed to the establishment of the first university in the metro.
“This coupled with the announcement of free education for all poor students will surely open wide gates of learning. This will turn the tide against poverty, underdevelopment and low quality of life among our people,” Masina said.
The bursary scheme provides financial assistance to deserving, academically gifted and needy learners to pursue the careers of their choice.
The bursary scheme will cover the bursary holders’ full registration fees, examination fees, tuition materials, full amount of prescribed textbooks, accommodation and other related expenses, subject to approval by the metro’s bursary committee.
How Boksburg-based learners, schools and districts performed in the following categories:
- Top three best performing learners: Mariam Ibrahim (second) – Boksburg High School
- Best performing learners in the 2017 matric class: Mariam Ibrahim (second) – Boksburg High School; Marlise Viljoen (seventh place) – Hoërskool Oosterlig; Batsirai Sibanda (10th place) – Boksburg High School; Paul Classen (11th place) – Boksburg High School
- Best performing learner in learning areas: Mariam Ibrahim (Life Sciences) – Boksburg High School
- Best performing schools in the matric class of 2017: Hoërskool Oosterlig (fourth with 99.46 per cent); Boksburg High School (sixth with 98.9 per cent)