BETHLEHEM. – A total of R120 000 has been injected into education at 12 high schools in the Dihlabeng Local Municipality by Tjhetane Mofokeng, the executive mayor of the municipality.
Mofokeng who has all the bragging rights following a 92% matric pass rate that resulted in his municipality securing the first spot in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, rewarded the schools for their hard work.
The 12 schools shared the amount, each one getting R10 000.
The cheques were dished out to the principals of these schools during a ‘well-done’ function held at the Frontier Inn and Casino in Bethlehem on Thursday (14/01).
Apparently, the executive mayor had made a promise to the principals two years ago that he would do something for them should they retain their first spot in Thabo Mofutsanyana.
On Thursday, following their victory, he called upon them to fulfil his promise.
Mofokeng said he was happy with what the schools had achieved and added that it did not come as a surprise to him.
“A few years ago we entered into a memorandum of understanding with the University of the Free State (UFS) in which they had committed to support us by, amongst others, providing us with tutors. Our learners were taught by the university’s tutors during the winter camps. We are reaping the results of entering into a marriage with the university,” he said.
He said he was happy to give something to the schools, regardless of the financial problems they are experiecing at the municipality.
“I am sure that my committed principals would make sure that they will keep the position in the years to come. It is nice to be surrounded by the hard working people who inspire excellence.
“I am happy that Dihlabeng is begging to make a mark in the country concerning education,” he said.
The Witteberg High School remains the best school, while the Bethlehem Comprehensive School falls under the most improved schools in the municipality.
Busi Tshabalala, the district director of the Thabo Mofutsanyana Department of Education, said 2015 was never an easy year for the district, but he was happy that they have done well.
“Dihlabeng is the best municipality in the province and we are proud of you. The mayor is supporting us and he cares for education. He has always been there when we needed him,” he said.
Tshabalala said she was not going to talk more about the schools that received a 100% pass rate because that was normal. She added that they were now talking about the number of distinctions.
“I am also proud of Baken Park because they have improved,” she said.
She urged the principals to go on caring for the children in this municipality that is presided over by an executive mayor who really cares.