Students win by supporting campaign
According to Leela Moodley, an executive director at Juta, it is a well documented fact that the ratio of one student to one book significantly increases a student's overall chance of passing. Presently, the percentage of students graduating in South Africa's higher educational institutions is around 15%. This is 35% to 39% lower than in First World countries.
The campaign sets out to encourage students to improve their pass rates by purchasing the text books they need to successfully complete their studies.
Siyabonga Sithole was the winner of a R20 000 bursary for his 2013 study fees. Siyabonga is a third-year Education student. Siyabonga's family live in KwaZulu-Natal, but he is studying at the UFS because, according to his parents it is "one of the best universities in South Africa". He walks 30 minutes to campus each day and shares a room with a friend on the outskirts of Bloemfontein.
Patricia Mapipi and Maryfaith Msutwana each won a laptop and their diligence was rewarded with very good preliminary examination results. Tendani Ndwambi was awarded the Facebook Ambassador prize, recognizing her efforts in spreading the campaign's message amongst her peers.
Published in Bloem Nuus
6 July 2012
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