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HCET learners excel in essay competition

At the prize-giving, from left to right: Teacher Anel Heydenrych, Likhona Banjwa, proud mom Busi May, Gift May, and school principal Marié Botha.

In February, two former HCET learners, Likhona Banjwa and Gift May, heard that they had come first and second in the Provincial Essay Competition held last year by the Department of Education in the Northern Cape. Both passed Grade 9 at our school last year.

Encouraged by their English teacher, Anel Heydenrych, they wrote and submitted essays on the prescribed topic, namely ‘The South African Bill of Rights’.

Likhona won R3 000 for herself, R5 000 for the school, and a trip to Robben Island and Parliament. Gift won R2 000 for himself and a visit to the Provincial Legislature in Kimberley. This is a huge achievement for learners for whom English is a second language.

This year, both students have progressed to Grade 10. Likhona is studying at the Cradock High School, with the asistance of a Trust bursday, and Gift is studying at a school in Boshoff in the Free State.