FS learners show off academic talent

MEC, Dr Tate Makgoe, with the 1st prize winner in mathematics, Maphakiso Khesa from Beacon Secondary School in Phuthaditjhaba.

At this year’s annual province’s development camp hosted by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica), together with the FS Department of Education, 200 of the Free State’s top-achieving Grade 12 learners came to show off their academic talent ahead of their prelim exams. On the last day of the camp, the province’s brightest learners in maths, accounting and physical science were honoured.

According to a statement by Saica, the FS top matric learners from disadvantaged communities attended the camp to receive additional academic support in mathematics and accounting. At this year’s camp these learners also received career guidance and life skills training.

Saica’s Senior Executive for Transformation and Growth, Robert Zwane, said the significance of the camps was to further learners’ social and career development and harness their potential to produce quality matric passes. He explained that these development camps were part of Saica’s strategy to aid the global drive for transformation, employment and growth by supporting social and economic development but the benefits of the camps extended well beyond the immediate goal of improving academic performance.

“On behalf of Saica, I thank all our partners who donated their time and money to supporting the matrics who attended the Free State Development Camp. Without them, programmes like this would not be possible,” Zwane added.

Saica’s Project Manager for the Free State camp, Godfrey Legwale, said Saica was very proud of all the learners who attended the camp and was thrilled to see how much learners’ marks had improved over the week-long session. “As an organisation, we look forward to seeing how what they have learnt at the camp has improved their grades as, year after year, our statistics reveal that many of our camp attendees go on to achieve a spot on the country’s top learner list at the end of their matric year.”