Principal has a mission

2016-02-03 06:00
SEGOGO MOLETE, the principal of the Rantsane Secondary School, is proud to have guided his school to be the best in the Thabo Mofutsanyana district with its 2015 matric pass rate.                                                    Photo: Tladi Moloi

SEGOGO MOLETE, the principal of the Rantsane Secondary School, is proud to have guided his school to be the best in the Thabo Mofutsanyana district with its 2015 matric pass rate. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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MAKWANE. – “I would not leave the school before I reach my mission in partnership with the teachers and that is to put the school at number one in the Free State and the country.”

Speaking is Segogo Molete, the principal of the Rantsane Secondary School, who has the right to brag after his school topped the Thabo Mofutsanyana district with its 2015 matric pass rate. They came in at position six provincialy and managed to send four learners into the top 100.

“I would leave the school reluctantly if this is not reached. But I still have more years to work on that and achieve it. I want to see it as the best in Mathematics, Science and Accounting. I always make sure that I achieve my mission before I leave the school. I have done that with the previous ones, why not this one?” he said.

Rantsane obtained a 100% pass rate, 85% pass with admission to bachelor studies and 15% pass with admission to diploma studies. The school has, however, managed to hit the 100% pass rate for the third consecutive year.

The ambitious principal said the class of 2016 has already promised Busi Tshabalala, the Department of Education’s district director in Thabo Mofu­tsanyana, a 100% pass with admission to bachelor studies.

“We were happy to see learners ready to hit that mark. We have put plans in place to achieve 100% bachelors. Even if we don’t get it this year, we will make sure we improve until we get there,” he said.

He said he was happy that they had managed to beat schools such as Voortrekker and Witteberg of Bethlehem. “We were only beaten by the best of the best in the province. We are the best school in Thabo Mofutsanyana. We are number one in terms of historically-disadvantaged schools,” he said.

“Our achievement was driven by a team. We have dedicated teachers who are always empowered by their parents. We also consult the learners, because they are the ones who have to work harder for us to achieve good results. So I can’t take the credit alone, because we are a team. I am just the captain of the ship,” he said.

Molete revealed that Rantsane’s gr. 12 learners were staying at the school from January until the last day of the school calendar. Since the introduction of this system, the school has managed to achieve 100% in three years consecutively, he said.

“The teachers are also staying at the school. It doesn’t help to keep the leaners alone at school. We have a time table that we are working on. We would always have closed late in the afternoon. We know that people might view it as too much, but we believe that it takes only 12 months to help our children to get a licence to the future, because we know that education is the key to success,” he said. He said keeping learners at school made things easy for them, because they were able to manage everyone.

“We know that they don’t live the same life at their respective homes. So here we treat them all the same, because we are a family. However, they are not always behind the books. We know that a healthy body produces a healthy mind. We give them time to play and do everything that they want, the only difference is that we monitor them in everything they are doing,” he said.

Molete said they had requested the Free State government to build hostels for them, because they had been using ordinary classes and a hall to sleep in.

“Look, we have managed to produce good results in three years regardless of the sleeping conditions. Just imagine what we could do should we have a proper hostel where learners would be accommodated. We will surely become the best school in the province,” he said.

We have managed to produce good results in three years regardless of the sleeping conditions. Just imagine what we could do should we have a proper hostel were learners could be accommodated.

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