Fezeka celebrates 2015 matrics

2016-02-11 06:00
 Some of the learners at the function PHOTO: martha qumba

Some of the learners at the function PHOTO: martha qumba

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Fezeka High School held a big celebration event for its matric learners over the weekend.

The purpose was to thank 2015 matric learners who passed with distinctions and also to motivate and encourage the 2016 matric class.

Last year, Athula Ntlekiso, Wendy Sfumba, Sivuyile Dyan, Lundi Makelelni, Thulani Rani, Lerato Mahlo and Siyamthanda Jiza received distinctions in the matric exams.

Lungisa Gaqa, the SGB chairman congratulated the learners and said he was very honoured and proud of them.

“I’m very proud of the teachers, I never expected this. For the last three years, the school performance had dropped because of the challenges the school is faced with. Teacher adjustments, unity and the discipline of the kids are some of the challenges.”

He said when he took over he had noticed that there was no cooperation among staff, parents and learners.

“There’s always a blame on SGB, parents pointing fingers at the teachers and kids always blaming the teachers.

We need to build unity, we need you parents because you don’t work with teachers. Don’t throw stones at the teachers.

We’re here to help where it’s necessary. Parents must help their kids with books instead of forcing them to cook afetr school.

They should make sure that they do their homework,” he said.

Gaqa encouraged the 2016 matrics to study hard, to attend the Saturday classes for them to pass. He also mentioned that he’s not happy that the school received only a 63% pass for 2015.

“It’s not something to smile at and we need to remedy the situation.

“Parents, SGB and teachers we need to hold hands, we can do it. We don’t want to get less than 80% this year”, he concluded.

Some parents said Fezeka used to produce heroes and some of them are working in high places and it needed not miss that opportunity again.

Fumanekile Sfumba, a grandfather of Wendy Sfumba said his her mother also attened the same school and thanked the teachers for educating his kids.

“In fact all my 11 kids studied here and they all passed. I thank God for listening to me.

“Education is important, partying should not be a priority, my kids know. I locked the gates at 9pm.

“I love kids and you must be strong, Grade 12 is not easy. I thank you all and I’m praying for you. Thank you Wendy my grandchild,” he said.

Tumelo Kuena, also a member of the SGB, encouraged them not to forget Ubuntu and their culture.

“Respect you parents, your parents are your God. Your parents make things happen. You must respect your community and you must respect yourself first,” she says.

The former learners also spoke at the event.

They wer grateful to their teachers, they said.

Thulani Rani said he was thankful for the assistance he receievd while a student at the school.

“I wanted to prove appoint that I can do better,” he said.

Athula Ntlekiso said during her study she would ask her parents to keep her phone to avoid distarctions.

She also said she worked hard to improve her living conditions.

“You know we young people like to be on social networks a lot. I distanced myself from friends and TV, my books were my companions. I revised Grade 12 question papers.”

Acting Principal Mrs Nozuko Ngqukuvana said she was very happy for them and it make them so proud of their former learners.

“They have put us on the map. For them to pass, we held Saturday classes and the Department of Education provided them with Saturday classes and they never paid a cent.

We encouraged them to attend those extra programmes because they are very helpful for the learners.

I want to thank my staff who made sure that we get these distinctions. We are hoping and working towards more tis year,” said Ngqukuvana.

She urged parents to support their children.

She added that Dstv hosted programmes that were useful to Grade 12 learners that they must make use of. She again stressed that the parents must monitor their children, monitor their homework and must monitor their books.

She said late delivery of text books and shortage of teachers are challenges.

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