Free State MEC of Education, Dr Tate Makgoe, gathered five schools from Mangaung on Tuesday to encourage their best performance during the upcoming final matric exams. The MEC expressed his confidence in the class of 2019 as he encouraged them to work towards a 100% pass rate.
The Tsoseletso High School hall was filled with excited learners who were addressed by the MEC. “It is for the first time that we have schools that can achieve 100% under one roof,” said Makgoe. Matric learners from Motheo District Municipality, which includes Bloemfontein, Thaba Nchu and Botsabelo among others, make up a large part of the Free State pass rate.
The event, which included speeches, motivational talks from past pupils and religious leaders, was a last effort to give the learners a push to prepare well for the exams. Makgoe expressed that he is confident that the five high schools, including Tsoseletso, Sehonelo, St Bernard, Atlehang and Lekhulong, would achieve 100% pass rate in the district of Motheo.
“Education is powerful and young people can use it to change their lives. The Free State is the only province in the country that has achieved a 90% pass rate. It was not Gauteng or the Western Cape but our learners here who achieved that,” Makgoe said.
Past learners from each of the schools were also present to tell their success stories in order to inspire and uplift pupils, many of who face daily challenges at home and school. Local business woman Dipalesa Mbola, an alumna of Atlehang Secondary School, emphasised to the youngsters the importance of following their own path.
“For the first time in my life I had to apply for a university course and I had to think hard about what I wanted to do. This decision would affect the rest of my life and I had to be true to myself without following the crowd or what my friends were doing,” said Mbola.
Another former student, Karabo Mafata, a current university student, was one of the top 100 from the class of 2018.
She encouraged matrics to study smart and use methods that work for them in order to pass their final exams well.