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Khuliso Mbedzi is among 39 learners who scored 100% in the national Sacee English challenge. Left: Soccer coach Nico Loots congratulates Khuliso Mbedzi for being part of the u.9 soccer team that won the schools’ football league.

Young English boffin scores 100% in national challenge

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PEPPS Preparatory School and College Grade 3 learner, Khuliso Mbedzi is among a group of only 39 learners from different schools in the country who scored 100% during the South African Council for English Education (Sacee) English challenge.
Primary school learners from Grades 1 to 3 who participated in the challenge had to write a test at their respective schools recently and Khuliso proved that he is indeed an English language boffin after acing all the questions.
He also scored 100% when he competed against his fellow Grade 2 learners across the country last year and he received the nationwide Sacee floating trophy for these achievements.
It was learnt that he had competed against over
8 000 learners from across South Africa and Khuliso added that the test was difficult but his love and passion for reading guaranteed him the best results.
The test was based on anything that has to do with the English language. Khuliso is not only good in English but he is also his school’s overall Grade 3 top performer in Mathematics and a sport fanatic who takes part in soccer and cricket.
He received awards for Maths and soccer during the school’s annual Foundation Phase prize giving on Friday. He was part of the u.9 soccer team that won the Limpopo Schools’ Football League recently.
One of his prizes included his current read, ‘How to train your dragon’ which he described as one of his favourite books.
“The book is interesting because it is about dragons and heroes. It is a big book but I am half way to the end. My educator, Chantéll Kidd chose this prize because she knows that I love to read,” he explained.
Khuliso aspires to be a professional soccer player in the future because he believes that he is talented. Although Kidd tried to convince him to study medicine first to have something to fall back on after his football career, Khuliso insisted that he first wants to pursue his soccer career and study later. He concluded by saying Maths was one of his favourite subjects and he would pursue a career that deals more with solving problems.
Kidd emphasised that the English challenge is for learners in Grade 1 to 3 and reiterated that it is in the same format every year but questions are different. She further indicated that Khuliso loves to read, has a big heart and is clever and respectful. She added that Khuliso is one of the best learners in her class and concluded by saying she foresees a brighter future ahead of him. When presenting the Sacee floating trophy to Khuliso at the school’s prize giving ceremony, Head of the Foundation Phase,Vicky Anglise said the challenge was an annual national benchmarking test with the Foundation Phase part known as ‘The Puzzle Parade’ which incorporates many aspects of English grammar, spelling, comprehension and general knowledge.
She stated that PEPPS has taken part in this for the past few years and last year the trophy was won by a Grade 1 learner, Zara van Kraayenburg.
She went on to indicate that a total of 29,478 learners in 49 schools across the country took part in this year’s competition of which 8,763 are in the Foundation Phase.
Information on the internet described Sacee as an organisation dedicated to the promotion of the English language and aims to maintain, promote and encourage education through the medium of English and to improve the standards of written and spoken English in South Africa.

Story: ENDY SENYATSI
>>endy@observer.co.za