‘Again’ is the sweetest word, says Tate

The Free State’s top learner, Stehann van Jaarsveld of Saint Andrews and Free State MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe. Photo: Pierce van Heerden

The Free State MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe, says ‘again’ is the sweetest word he has ever heard.

“When the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced the national matric results yesterday, she mentioned that the Free State was the top province ‘again’. And for me that is the magic word.”

Makgoe was speaking at the annual Well-done Function held in the Boet Troskie Hall at the Central University of Technology today in honour of the top 100 matriculants in the Free State.

The function was attended by, among others, the Premier of the Free State, Ace Magashule, the top 100 matriculants, principals and teachers of the best performing schools, sponsors, as well as parents and guardians of the top performers.

The 100 top matriculants each received a laptop, a full bursary at any institution of their choice, as well as cash.

Magashule, who has recently been appointed Secretary General of the ANC, encouraged the class of 2017 to become the best that they can be.

“You are wonderful, and you are the pride of South Africa. Because of you the future of the province and country will be better and more prosperous,” said Magashule.

The principal of the most improved school in the province, Segogo Molete, told Bloemfontein Courant that it is not for nothing that their motto is “Through hard work we will reach the sky”.

“Through specific interventions, our performance has improved to such an extend that we now boast 34 former learners studying abroad in countries such as Turkey, Russia, China, Portugal and Bulgaria,” said Molete.

The Free State’s top learner, Stehann van Jaarsveld of Saint Andrews, said he could believe his luck, when his name was called out as the best student.

“I aimed for the top 50 so that I won’t have to apply for a study loan, but I never expected to be No. 1. I must thank my parents, principal and teachers for encouraging me to succeed,” said Van Jaarsveld.

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