Education is forever

2015-10-29 06:00
MATRICS across the country wrote the first of their final matric exams on Monday (26/10). On Wednesday (28/10) they sat for the Pedi, Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda and the first Afrikaans paper. These   learners are of the Adamantia High School.   Pho

MATRICS across the country wrote the first of their final matric exams on Monday (26/10). On Wednesday (28/10) they sat for the Pedi, Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda and the first Afrikaans paper. These learners are of the Adamantia High School. Pho

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SINCERE plea has been made for the matric class of 2015 to dedicate a high pass rate for the province to the late MEC, Grizelda Cjiekella-Lecholo.

The call was made by Martha Bartlett, acting MEC for Education, at a prayer service dedicated to matriculants on Sunday (25/10) afternoon, ahead of the first English exam paper written on Monday (26/10).

The service was organised by the Soldiers of the Cross at the United Congregational Church of South Africa (UCCSA), a multi-denominational youth movement from Galeshewe.

During her keynote address, Bartlett highlighted how Cjiekella-Lecholo managed to keep the province on top of the list during her reign.

“Please don’t take us back, but rather take us foward by uniting in making us proud,” said Bartlett.

Elaborating on her statement that life began after matric, Bartlett advised them against wanting to become political leaders or councillors without any education as backup.

“Stop thinking about getting a job before finishing your studies, because I do not expect born-frees to say that they could not study due to a struggle for funding.

“If that is the case, you can knock at my door after you have passed matric.”

Bartlett discouraged the learners who wished to become ward councillors by saying: “The life span of politics is only five years and remember that your life will be in the hands of the people.

“Unlike education, which will be yours forever and a backup for you to be employable, not deployable.”

The danger of deployment, Bartlett highlighted, was that one had to wait for some politician to deploy you after waiting for many years to make it onto the lists.

“And note that those same politicians can also remove you when they feel you do not satisfy them. I waited 20 years to be on the list and 12 years to be deployed as an MEC. But on top of that, I was a qualified teacher for 27 years.

“What you should do is rest well, eat well, loosen up and use that fresh brain of yours wisely. We don’t want you to ask God for the impossible when you did not study.”

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