THE names of Mpumalanga’s top 10 matric achievers – led by 16-year-old Thalentha Ngobeni – were announced by Education MEC Reginah Mhaule on Friday.

Mhaule told excited pupils, parents and officials gathered at the Word of Life Church in Leroro Village, outside Graskop, that the top 10 pupils would each receive luggage, a tablet, laptop and a bursary as well as R10 000 from various sponsors to study at the universities of their choice.

“I am happy to announce that all the mathematics and science pupils in the top 10, out of the 48 483 matrics of 2017, already qualify for full bursaries to study at any university in the country.

“Selected students for the provincial bursary for this year will be informed by the end of January,” she said.

Mhaule noted that it was worrying that 12 210 candidates did not pass. She said principals should advise these pupils of other opportunities, and families and communities should support them.

Education district director Lorraine Goba said: “We improved in terms of quality results, especially in the subjects of mathematical statistics and commerce.”