MEC for Education Bonakele Majuba visited Soshangane High school under Dwarsloop circuit as one of the winter schools centres for the Bohlabela district on Tuesday, the 25th of June 2019 to motivate the matric learners about the upcoming examinations.
The MEC was in Bushbuckridge for the second time in a month, following his recent appointment as the new education MEC. “We would like urge you to take full advantage of this opportunity because we have hired the best teachers with great track records of results to let you know that you have all the support from the government.
“I can assure you that whoever performs shoulders above the rest, they will not have to pay a single cent, because the government will pay for all your studies. Don’t make the mistake of declaring that you’re going to pass without putting in the effort, read your books and you will succeed!” the MEC said.
MEC Majuba also encouraged the matric pupils to also start applying for admission to different institutions to avoid disappointments in January. He also said that he expects an improvement in terms of the overall pass rate in the circuit and district in general. The MEC further confirmed there are over 200 students studying outside the country, funded for by the Department of Education in the province, and one of them was Success Shabangu, who is currently studying in Russia for medicine.
Shabangu said; “I was afforded the opportunity to study further in Russia after committing to my studies. I first passed matric with a Bachelor’s degree, but the results weren’t enough for medicine studies, I had to go back to school and in my second attempt I got a distinction in Maths and level 6 for the rest of the subjects, I am very happy because my commitment paid off, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity from the department.”
Joseph Mashaba grade 12 learner at Sohangane High said that he’s ready to get the ball rolling as he attempts to do greatly in his final high school year and get the opportunity to study for mechanical engineering.
Life Lushaba who is also in Matric from Masana Secondary School said; “We are really privileged and grateful for the MEC’s visit. The winter school really prepares us for our final exams, and we’re ready to make him proud. My dream is to study medicine at Stellenbosch University.”