Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe visited his former school, Pholosho Secondary School in Alexandra, and shared a number of beneficial lessons with learners as the academic year begins for 2013. He told students that they are the most privileged generation. He did not want to burden students with undue responsibilities, however, he did tell students that the only responsibility they had is to learn
During his visit he handed out uniforms to beneficiaries of the Department of Social Development programme. He was accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to confirm the school’s readiness for the beginning of the new academic year.
To be able to learn you have to be at your desk
Motlanthe, a former student of Pholosho Secondary School, urged learners to arrive at school in a timely manner. He reminded students that life is a long journey and that only they themselves possess the ability to determine what they wanted to be in the foreseeable future.
He explained to the students the fact that government is determined to create an environment, for all students throughout the country, facilities whereby learning and teaching is conducive and that absolutely nothing should interrupt the learning process. He also urged students to be at their desks. He urged students to approach their principal, as well as the President, with regards to anything that interferes with their learning.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga mentioned that the department had done its part and the main focus was now on learners to concentrate on their studies and achieve success. She prompted members of the school governing body to incorporate item of learning and teaching in their monthly agenda meetings. She also reiterated and encouraged parents to get involved and check their children’s school work to determine if there was an adequate amount of work and progress in class.
“We are not laughing this year, you’ll only succeed through learning and teaching in the classroom … that’s the focus for 2013. I hope we will have a different Annual National Assessment result this year. For our kids to learn maths, they must do maths over and over again until they master it, and literature through reading,” Motshekga stated.
Motshekga explained to students that the government was well prepared and ready for the new academic year and focused on delivering quality education.
One-million new learners
“We are ready for Day 1. We are in a position to welcome approximately one-million learners into the education system,” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga explained.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, who was also a learner at Pholosho , donated R10 000 to the school for bursaries to assist three learners. Margaret Tsakge, the school principal, said it was an honour for the school to be visited by the Deputy President and Basic Education Minister.
One grade 7 student, Nhlanhla Mnguni, was thrilled by the visit of the Deputy President and Basic Education Minister . “I only see them on TV. This has given me courage to study hard so that I don’t disappoint them, as they took their time to come and speak to us,” she said.