Learners urged to study diligently

2015-09-09 06:00
TEBOHO MOLOI, gospel artist, and Malefu Vilakazi, executive mayor of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District, with the learners of the Nkarabeng Secondary School. 

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TEBOHO MOLOI, gospel artist, and Malefu Vilakazi, executive mayor of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District, with the learners of the Nkarabeng Secondary School. Photo: Supplied

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KESTELL. – An iPad and R20 000 cash were promised to the gr.12 learner who tops the class of 2015.

With the matric exams just around the corner, Malefu Vilakazi, executive mayor of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, made this pledge to learners of the Nkarabeng Secondary School.

The mayor visited the Tlholong-based shool as part of her outreach programme to motivate learners, particularly the gr.12 learners, as they prepare for their final year examinations.

Vilakazi was accompanied by members of the mayoral committee, councillors Chere Makhoba and Phillip Mavundla and officials of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality.

Besides the promise that she made, the mayor donated groceries towards the gr.12 learners’ camp, which was held at the end of August.

“It is important for us as politicians to support local schools and also to continuously interact with the schools’ management and educators in order to assist them in tackling challenges they are faced with,” she said.

She continued by saying that the support should also be in the form of motivating learners to study and work hard for their own future.

Vilakazi explained that her visit to Nkarabeng was prompted by a message a parent posted on her Facebook page, requesting her to visit the school.

“This parent was so persistent that she sent me several messages saying that she has read and heard several news reports about me visiting schools in the district.

“So she requested that I also visit Nkarabeng,” she said.

Addressing learners, the mayor spoke from the heart, as a parent speaking to her own kids, and had a special message for school girls.

She told them to behave appropriately and stay away from love affairs as men have a tendency to play with girls and then dump them thereafter.

“Start with first things first, which is education,” she said.

Vilakazi further encouraged learners to accept the little that their parents were able to do for them.

She told them to understand that some of their parents could not afford much because of unemployment or lowlevel incomes at home.

Motivating learners while entertaining the learners with his favourite gospel songs, singer Teboho Moloi, said humility and respect were important virtues and contributed to one’s success.

“It is not through my wisdom but by the grace of God that I am where I am today. Respect your parents. Respect your teachers. Always stay humble. Do not lose hope in life,” Moloi said.

Thabo Tsotetsi, school principal, said the pressure was now on his gr.12 learners to work hard. “We thank the executive mayor for visiting our school. The pressure is now on us to work hard and strive to achieve a 100% matric pass rate.”

Last year the Nkarabeng Secondary School achieved a 82% matric pass rate

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