“If you don't listen to your teachers attentively, you will fail. We don't want learners who waste time drinking beer and smoking dagga, whilst girls get pregnant at the tender age instead of studying for a brighter future”, warned the executive mayor, Greta Hlongwane.
This is a tough message the Executive mayor delivered during her recent school visit at Ramosokola and Ramolelle Schools. The executive mayor was accompanied by PriMedia Outdoor Group which donated stationery packs to needy learners.
In addressing the learners at Ramosokola High School, Hlongwane spoke from the heart, advising girl learners on the issue of pregnancy in schools, citing it as one of the major concerns for government that robs young girls of their pride and future. “DON'T BE IN A RUSH TO BE A WOMAN,” Hlongwane said.
Ramosokula High School produced a 93% Grade 12 pass rate for year 2013 while Ramolelle School got 83% Grade 12 pass rate. “As Emfuleni Local Municipality, we support and encourage learners to push for a 100% pass rate for year 2014. Those of you who do excellently will get support from my office through the Mayoral bursary. In that way, you will be making your parents, teachers and most importantly, yourselves as learners proud of your hard work,” Hlongwane further said.
Speaking on behalf of PriMedia Outdoor Group, Kenny Tshabalala, the marketing director, warned learners that there is no short-cut to success in life, unless one is willing to end up in jail. Tshabalala urged pupils to be disciplined to achieve better results.
Kgosi Mafojane, the principal at Ramolelle School, blamed the transport shortage, teenage pregnancy, ill discipline, drug abuse and lack of parental involvement for the drop in school performance in matric performance.
Grade 12 learner Ntswaki Nhlapo said they are going to outperform their predecessors because they aiming to achieve 100% in their examinations. “The executive mayor has motivated us to aim for 100% matric pass rate this year. She has inspired me personally that, as a young girl, I must be proud of myself and aim to achieve high”, said the young Ntswaki.
Jeff Zwane, Daphney Ramokhoase (deputy chief education specialist, District 8), Khulu Malindi (MMC: LED), Herman Sekoto (DMM: LED) and many officials were part of the tour with the executive mayor.
For a number of needy learners, school should be a beautiful and exciting experience this year. This is thanks to initiatives by Emfuleni Local Municipality in partnership with Primedia Outdoor for ensuring that education is accessible to all.
By Chuchi Radebe