More inmates pass matric

2018-01-17 06:02
The top learners of the Tswelopele Secondary School, class of 2017, with officials. From the left are Gustav Wilson (regional head of Development and Care), Setsebi Tsotetsi (learner), Subashini Moodley (regional commissioner in the Free State and Northern Cape), MEC Martha Bartlett, Cecil Brown (learner), Peter Seoposengwe (unit manager) and Oduetse Malefo (head of Development in Tswelopele).         Photo: Boipelo Mere

The top learners of the Tswelopele Secondary School, class of 2017, with officials. From the left are Gustav Wilson (regional head of Development and Care), Setsebi Tsotetsi (learner), Subashini Moodley (regional commissioner in the Free State and Northern Cape), MEC Martha Bartlett, Cecil Brown (learner), Peter Seoposengwe (unit manager) and Oduetse Malefo (head of Development in Tswelopele). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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The Tswelopele Secondary School class of 2017 at the Tswelopele Correctional Centre prides itself in the achievement of a pass rate of 79%.

The 19 inmates who sat for the 2017 matric examination has showed an improvement of 5% compared to the 74% pass rate of 2016.

The results were welcomed by Martha Bartlett, MEC for Education, and Regional Commissioner Subashini Moodley at the Tswelopele Correctional Centre on Wednesday (10/01).

Of the 15 matriculants who passed, 1 achieved a distinction in Xhosa, 3 gained access to bachelor studies, 11 gained access to diploma studies and 1 gained access to higher certificate studies.

Four matriculants did not pass and qualified for supplementary examinations.

According to Luvuyo Marenene, one of the matriculants, they achieved good results due to the right people being put into the right positions.

The matriculants were addressed by Bartlett, who applauded them for passing on the baton after the previous learners had set the foundation.

The day of celebration also saw performances by inmates, ranging from poetry recitals to band playing.

She expressed admiration towards the learners and the current generation who quenched their thirst for education through working hard.

Elaborating on the opportunities that the current generation grabs with both hands, Bartlett mentioned the endless queues and overflow of young people at universities and colleges, who continue to show potential to explore scarce careers.

She told the matriculants that their commitment to study would not go unnoticed.

“You came here with a burden after making a mistake. You must leave it behind when you leave this place,” said Bartlett.

“By getting an education, you are improving the economy through reducing the unemployment rate.”

She called on the community to support inmates during parole and for them to, upon their release, avoid excuses for re-committing crime and returning to prison.

Bartlett directed a few words of motivation to the inmates.

“Continue to pray the right way and God will make everything possible. God has a purpose for you, and so, when you leave you must say: ‘Never again shall I return here except to thank my teachers for the foundation that they have laid.’ ”

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