Gauteng learners have once again shown their potential during the Provincial Spelling Bee competition held at Glenanda Primary School south of Johannesburg recently.
The competition falls under the broader umbrella of the Read to Lead Campaign which is aimed at improving learner performance in languages, especially English.
A total of 30 learners from 15 Districts participated in the competition. Parents came out in their numbers to support their children. One of them, McMillan Buthelezi, from Vosloorus sang praises for his child, Sizwe Zungu from Khayalihle Primary School.
“I am honoured to have a son who works hard and is eager to learn. The family is proud of his achievements,” opined the father of the young lad from Voslooorus.
Research shows that spelling plays a vital role in promoting a passion for reading amongst learners and instils the following:
· It enhances listening skills.
· Promotes a love for reading and writing.
· Lays a solid foundation for future academic performance
· Assist learners to acquire a vast variety of new vocabulary,
According to Zerline Vywers, the Provincial Co-ordinator for English and Afrikaans: Intersen phase,
“The participants in this year’s competition were well prepared, confident and exceptionally strong spellers. They not only demonstrated their knowledge on how to spell the words, but also displayed an understanding of how words work,” says Vywers. The following learners emerged the winners:
1st Position: Yuraya Manicum from Irene Primary in Tshwane South
2nd Position: Muhammed Shar Khan from Crosby Academic Primary in Johannesburg North
3rd Position: Angel Patel from Crosby Academic Primary in Johannesburg North
These learners will represent the province at the National Finals on 23 September 2017 at University of South Africa, (Unisa) .