The Gauteng and Northern Provinces Schools affiliated to AMS (Association of Muslim Schools) hosted for the second year, a special awards ceremony giving recognition to matric learners (achievers) on Sunday 3rd February at the Nur-ul-Islam School Hall in Lenasia.

The Guest of Honour was Nkululo Matthews, the Chief Coordinator of Independent Schools from the Gauteng Education Department who said, “I must compliment the Muslim schools high standard and quality of results achieved. A number of  Muslim schools were in the top five independent schools in the Gauteng Province. This augurs very well for the Schools, AMS, the learners, community and for the country as a whole. We congratulate all stakeholders in helping the learners achieve marks of such distinction.”

The top student from the 23 Schools (602 learners) that wrote Matric was Yusra Kalla from Lenasia Muslim School. She finished the NSC examination with an outstanding aggregate of 97%.Kalla was also recognised for her top subject performance, scoring 93% for English Home Language and 97% for Afrikaans First Additional Language.

Mikaeel Dindar, a learner, from the same school with an aggregate of 96% was placed second. Both received accolades in the first five Gauteng Provincial overall results. Dindar also scored an impressive 100% for Physical Science and 96% for Life Science.

The 2018 top candidate with the most number of distinctions was Naafia Amod from Auckland Park Academy of Excellence (APAX) who attained 9 (nine) distinctions with aggregate of 91%.

Taleah Ayob from Central Islamic School was also recognised for achieving 100% in Mathematics and 100% in Accounting.

Other award categories included the top learner from each affiliated school offering matric, the learner from each school achieving the highest in Islamic Studies, and also the special ‘Akhlaaq Award’ where schools feature the learner with the best behaviour.

Suliman Ismail, the event’s main coordinator, AMS Gauteng Executive Committee Member and newly appointed principal at APAX received praise from all stakeholders once again for the second year in organising of the event.

In the keynote address Qari Ahmed Yusuf Lockhat – AMS National Chairperson from KZN said, “The affiliated independent Muslim schools under the Association once again as the previous years showcased the best of learners. They not only excelled within themselves and their school but in every Province they stood out as the top achieving institutions, producing the best of results and maintaining the Islamic ethos. If the history of the Association (‘now 84 affiliated schools nationally’) is taken into account this is a phenomenal achievement. Well done to all involved in achieving these phenomenal results.”

Mohammed Dockrat, one of the founders of AMS, was also recognised for his dedication and commitment to the Association. Despite his elderly age, he still contributes and plays an important role within the AMS structures. “He is an exceptional role model to us all, the youth and learners,” said Ebrahim Saloojee, Chairperson of AMS Gauteng and Northern Provinces, who read out a profile of the former Educationist and eloquent speaker, who for the first time had no comments to make because of being emotional in receiving the honour.

Al Baraka Bank sponsored the prizes for the top five learners whilst Awqaf South Africa donated cash to offset some of the expenses to host such an event. Both recognised the achievements of the learners and encouraged learners to make meaningful contributions in their communities at large.

The Programme Director and Educator, Imraan Karolia said, “These learners personify academic excellence. There is no way they can achieve such distinction without the dedication and commitment of excellent teachers. The event itself is a motivation for schools, learners, and teachers to do more. Nothing is impossible and full marks is not something that’s out of reach.”

The event was broadcasted live on CII Radio and iTV Networks.

AMS officials also appealed for contributions towards the AMS EduLoan and Bursary Trust – a project initiated to help aspiring young people to follow their dreams by awarding bursaries to needy students and granting loans to them.