EXCLUSIVE ONLINE: GS College scoops best performing college award

Messrs Nick Balkrishen (CEO and principal: Gert Sibande Tvet College) hands over the floating trophy to Neelan Govender (manager: Standerton Campus) during the award ceremony at the Standerton Campus Hall on 3 March.

The Gert Sibande Tvet College Standerton campus scooped the coveted best performing campus award at the annual prize-giving ceremony on 3 March.

Mr Neelan Govender, campus manager, received the floating trophy from Mr Nick Balkrishen, CEO and principal, for last year’s National Certificate Vocational (NCV) results, in which the campus achieved an average subject pass rate of 90, 5% across all programmes and was the highest in the Gert Sibande Region.

This marks the fourth time that the campus receives the trophy since 2007 when the NCV programme was introduced.

The campus was awarded in 2008, 2013, 2015 and last year.

In his welcoming address Mr Govender said: “Today we celebrate, recognise, reward and congratulate the best performing students.”

He also said that these achievements would have not been possible if it was not for the excellent work by campus management team, lecturers, students and parents in ensuring that student dreams are realised.

The highlight of the function was the awarding of the laptop to last year’s best final year student.

Ms Nurse Molefe scooped this prestigious award after achieving three distinctions and an overall average of 79, 3%.

Ms Molefe obtained five distinctions in her first year of study in 2014 and a further four distinctions in 2015.

She was born and bred on a farm outside Charl Cilliers and completed her matric in 2012.

She joined the college in 2014 and attributed most of her academic success to her parents and family for keeping her grounded.

“I would like to thank my parents, family and lecturers for playing a wonderful role in my life and helping me to achieve all this,” an emotional Ms Molefe said.

Mr Balkrishen highlighted that government invests billions of rands into the Tvet sector, and the college is duty-bound to ensure that there is sufficient return on this massive investment.

Consequently, high levels of student performance is non-negotiable.

Mr Balkrishen acknowledged government for making bursary funding available so that every financially needy and academically deserving student can attend the college knowing that the funding will cover their class fees.

He also applauded the campus and the class of 2016 for yet another outstanding academic performance.

Mr Balkrishen indicated that the college places a premium on high levels of student performance as this creates numerous opportunities.

According to him, the overall college academic results of all six Gert Sibande Tvet College campuses are improving annually.

The subject pass rate of Gert Sibande Tvet College was 64% in 2007 and improved drastically over the past 10 years to reach 89% in 2016.

The 2016 results positioned them as the top performing college in Mpumalanga and enabled the college to maintain its status as being one of the best performing colleges in South Africa.

The best performing students per programme at the campus were awarded certificates of achievements and Mecer tablets.

They are Ms Ureca Thamane who obtained five distinctions with an average of 83,9% in Office Administration Level 2, Ms Lindiwe Radebe who obtained four distinctions with an average of 80,6% in Office Administration, Mr Thokozani Malomane who obtained six distinctions in Report 191 with an average of 81% and Ms Mirriam Mabaso who obtained five distinctions with an average of 82,3%.

Ms Joanah Dibakoana, Head of Department (HOD) for Business Studies, expressed in her vote of thanks her gratitude for the teamwork and collaboration by lecturers, students, parents and management.

Senamile Phungula

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