Monyetla bursary project’s students graduate

Johan Volsteedt, acting principal; Antonio De Gouveia, Econo Foods; Molaeng Raditabo, head girl; Boipelo Masia, head boy and Christo Grobler, director Moyetla Bursary project at the prize-giving ceremony where 199 matrics graduated. PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

199 matrics from Hodisa Technical High School in Mangaung graduated from the Monyetla Project classes they have been attending faithfully every Saturday.

Every Saturday morning fully funded buses would pick up the learners from seven different pick-up points in their area and take them to the University of the Free State’s Southern Campus where the Monyetla Project classes were being held. The matriculants where taught five different subjects.

“I’m very proud of them. They really tried hard. It’s a tough environment at the school because, as it’s a technical school, they must take mathematics and physical science otherwise they cannot do the technical subjects,” said acting principal, Johan Volsteedt.

At the moment the matriculants are sleeping at the school, they bring their own wash basins and bedding. “This ensures that we can teach them morning, noon and night, and also let them go from here to the exam room. They then go home for weekends if they are writing later in the week. We are trying to raise funds to enable us to go to Retief Camp, which is a Christian Camping Southern Africa (UCSA) camp near Maselspoort. All the matrics can fit in there and stay there while they are writing their exams there as well. And I believe this would make a massive positive impact towards our results.”

Following the prize-giving ceremony, 1 050 learners from grade 8 to 12 received hamburgers donated to them by Econo Foods, as part of the celebrations. Volsteedt concluded by stating that he hopes the matrics’ achievements will encourage the lower grades to aim higher and work harder at their academics. – Seithati Semenokane