First day easy as ABC

2016-01-20 06:00
TATE MAKGOE, MEC for Education in the Free State, during his visit to the Eunice Girls’ School.

TATE MAKGOE, MEC for Education in the Free State, during his visit to the Eunice Girls’ School.

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THE excitement was great as little Bonolo Limo went to school for the first time on Wednesday (13/01).

The five-year-old told Express that she was happy to begin her learning journey.

She was one of the many learners who went to school for the first time last week.

However, not all of the newcomers enjoyed the experience – some of them burst into tears when their parents left them behind in the classrooms. The little ones wanted to go back home with their folks.

“I am happy to go to school. I am not going to cry when my mom leaves me here. I am ready to begin my lessons,” said Bonolo, a gr. R learner at the Rekgonne Primary School.

“My mom said I must go to school and get educated, because my learning journey will determine what I will be as an adult. So I am not going to disappoint her.”

Bonolo’s mother, Nikiwe Limo, made sure that her daughter was neat, clean and properly dressed in the school uniform.

“I am happy to bring Bonolo to school today. I have been waiting for this moment. I hope she will enjoy the long journey of learning,” said Limo.

Meanwhile, Tate Makgoe, MEC for Education in the Free State, visited the Eunice Girls’ School in Bloemfontein on the first day of the first term.

Makgoe congratulated the school for achieving “a clean pass” in the 2015 matric exams.

“This school has achieved a 100% pass rate and a 100% admission to bachelor study. I know this good performance is going to happen over and over again. Thank you for this beautiful performance,” said Makgoe.

He said there had been no glitches reported on the first day of the school year in the province, as the teachers and learners stepped back into the business of education with their best foot forward.

“I am very glad to say to South Africa that we started very well. In fact, we had meetings before today with principals, discussing all the logistics.

“This year I did something different. I came to an ex-model C school that is performing very well. I wanted to see what it is that they do differently.

“I have seen that it is peer motivation. A learner who has achieved five distinctions in the matric exams came to talk to the others to motivate them to do well in the year ahead.”

Zinnette de Wet, headmaster of Eunice, thanked Makgoe for having shared the day with them.

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