By: William Serumula
On its 11th anniversary The Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust awarded 5 top performing Alexandra high schools and grade 12 learners (class of 2014) with bursaries to the universities of their choice. The others that were awarded were the top ten Grade 11s and Grade 10s;they received certificates, books and funds during a ceremony hosted at Sankopano community centre.
The Vincent Tshabalala Education Trust is an initiative created by the comrades and school friends of Vincent, who wanted to recognize his contribution to the struggle and ensure that his memory lives on and inspires generations of young people from Alexandra.
Paul Mashatile, the chairperson of the trust, started by congratulating all 5 Alexandra high schools for a good job and the 22 best performing matrics. He also encouraged the class of 2015 to work harder; emphasising that you do not need to apply to get a bursary from the trust, what you have to do is to work hard.
“With the escalating number of Matric learners we are proud to say we are doing exceptionally well. The top 3 performing schools Kwabhekilanga, Alex High and East Bank were awarded R50 000 cash each for upgrades and improved teaching methods. A total of 1144 learners were seated for the 2014 matric exams in Alexandra and from this, 804 learners passed,” added Mashatile.
Alex Pioneer spoke to Andile Nkabinde, a top student who scooped 4 distinctions (bagging 95% in Maths). Nkabinde who dreams of becoming an Aeronautical Engineering in South Africa, is now eager to further his studies at Wits University. “I have learned that life is about more than your marks or the place that you come from. It is about what you have to give back,” said Nkabinde.
This story was originally published in February, 2015.