Minister motivates Fairmount learners

2019-05-14 06:00
Learners were able to interact with the minister. From left are: Terrence Klassen, Ebrahim Patel, Keane Matuang, Bradwin Samuels, Jemario Martin, Jason Classen and Roger Davids.

Learners were able to interact with the minister. From left are: Terrence Klassen, Ebrahim Patel, Keane Matuang, Bradwin Samuels, Jemario Martin, Jason Classen and Roger Davids.

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Fairmount Senior Secondary School learners in Grassy Park will now brave the mid-year examinations with courage, following a motivational talk from the national minister of economic development Ebrahim Patel on Monday 5 May.

Patel is no stranger in the area as he grew up in Lotus River and studied at local schools. He visited the school shortly before exams are set to start and spoke about the importance of education, overcoming socio-economic challenges and opportunities available for young people in the country. He also touched on future plans by the national government to provide quality education for all, mentioning that soon they would be implementing a plan to provide notepads to all schools, in a five-year plan.

Patel also promised that the government is considering the no-fee education for tertiary studies.

Learners say this gave them hope that despite the challenges they are facing in their communities, they too can reach their goals and dreams.

“I learned that everyone can make a difference no matter where you come from,” says Lauren Meyers in Grade 12.

Another learner Radeefah Abrahams, in Grade 9, was impressed to hear that Patel wanted to see everyone taking part in improving the economy. “He wants everyone to have a decent education,” Radeefah says.

Radeefah says Patel told them that a higher education qualification can open doors from beyond South Africa and that they should not be confused by the differences and discriminations but rather know that all religions are important. “We are all the same inside but we are different in colour and on the outside.”

Kelly Newman says that from the moment Patel spoke to them, she was ready to face exams.

Terrence Klassen, the school principal welcomed the visit by Patel.

“He did not just speak to the learners but the teachers as well, advising on how we can improve and achieve even better results at the end of the year,” says Klassen.

He says Patel told them about the possible adding effect on academic achievements if more learners participate in extra murals activities.

Klassen says Patel was taking note of the challenges faced by the community and explained that spending more time in academics would limit their exposure to the social ills in the community.

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