WITH matric pupils across the country finishing their national senior certificate examinations last week, the KZN MEC for Education, Peggy Nkonyeni, has asked them to donate their uniforms to those less fortunate.
Speaking at Ikusaselihle High School in Willowfontein where she was monitoring pupils who were writing their final history paper on Thursday, Nkonyeni said it is important for pupils to learn to give to those who are needy from a young age.
“After 12 years of schooling we understand that you are excited and there are different ways that you choose to celebrate this milestone.
“We are not against celebrations, but we are against the act of writing on school uniforms and burning them, which is usually done to mark the end of one’s school career.
“We urge pupils to refrain from this. Even if you come from a family that can afford to buy decent uniform, let us learn from a young age to be responsible citizens and make a meaningful change in other people’s lives.
“I challenge this year’s matric pupils to donate their uniforms to those less fortunate.”
She also told pupils to stay away from drugs, especially “pens down” parties where many pupils celebrate irresponsibly.
Ikusaselihle High School principal Eric Nkwanini said despite many challenges this year, the school is confident that its matrics will do well in the exams especially in history where they have maintained a 100% pass rate for years.