Crunch time for iLembe matriculants

2016-10-05 06:00
The Seventh Day Adventist youth from the Dolphin Coast performed a drill as a contingent of pupils marched from the KwaDukuza town hall to the recreational grounds where the prayer was held. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

The Seventh Day Adventist youth from the Dolphin Coast performed a drill as a contingent of pupils marched from the KwaDukuza town hall to the recreational grounds where the prayer was held. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

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A FERVENT interfaith prayer to wish the class of 2016 well for their final examinations was held last Thursday at the KwaDukuza Recreational Grounds.

Chief director of the Curriculum Development Programme for the Department of Education (DoE) Mbongiseni Mazibuko, who spoke on behalf of the KZN MEC for education, said it is a matter of urgency that the iLembe District improves its matric pass rate because failure to do so would mean the matter will never improve.

“If you can’t improve in 2016 you will never make it in years to come,” he said, urging pupils to focus on their studies.

He said socioeconomic circumstances should not determine the academic progress or failure of a pupil.

KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu extended his wishes to the pupils and committed to continue with the efforts of improving the pass rate.

“A 100% pass rate for KwaDukuza schools is within reach and may be accomplished through your dedication. To those who have not done well to this end, there remains hope ahead of your examinations.

“We support the Department of Education in all its endeavours to improve the pass rates in schools. The ILembe District experienced a huge decline in the matric pass rates and as a result, we find reason for action.
“We do this knowing this is not our core mandate, nonetheless, education as declared by our president, remains one of government’s highest priorities and we give respect to that effect”, Mthembu said.

Mike Pitso, who was representing the office of the mayor, called on local non-governmental organisations, various government departments and stakeholders to work collectively to address social ills and the alarming prevalence of drugs and alcohol plaguing schools.

“We wish our children could write their examinations in peace and not be disturbed by things such as drugs, alcohol and, or violence in the community or at home,” he said.

The prayer was attended by a marquee full of pupils from local schools, religious leaders, who invoked the powers that be to ensure that this year’s pass rate improves, and motivational speakers, who gave the pupils a pep talk.

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