The General Education and Training Awards took place at Lumko High School in East London last Thursday to honour pupils between grade R and 9.
BCM schools that were were included in the Get awards were Central Primary, St Christopher’s, Nontuthuzelo Primary, Nomfuneko Primary, Fort Murray Primary, Manezi Primary, and Nonibe Primary.
Deputy chief education specialist Zola Xego said it was important for primary school pupils to be properly prepared for high school.
“In the midst of many challenges, there are still boys and girls that are strong and continue to do the work.
“I encourage the pupils not to lose what they have started and to keep on achieving,” Xego said.
Nomvuselelo Fikeni gave a motivational speech encouraging teachers and pupils, and said while some people looked down upon the profession, parents entrusted their children to these same people.
“Your choice of friends is your future and you need to surround yourself with people that speak the same language.
“Your destiny is dependent on you,” Fikeni said.
Awards ranged from first to third position, and involved activities such as spelling bees in IsiXhosa and English, as well as a social science map-work quiz.
Qwalasela Primary School grade 6 pupil Luphumlo Pita, who also entered the IsiXhosa spelling bee in 2018, came first in 2019.
“I am very happy and it was not that difficult for me.
“I had a lot of help from my siblings and my teacher at school,” Pita said.
Grade 6 Science Olympiad winner, Ambesa Marajana, from Nkululeko Primary in Mdantsane, said: “I like science and the olympiad was not too difficult. We were one of the last schools to get the papers but I studied very hard.”
Marajana said he would like to be a scientist or a doctor when he grows up.