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Minister and MEC visit schools in Ha-Masia, Vuwani

By: Portia Masha

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and MEC for Education Ishmael Kgetjepe visited the two Schools in Ha-Masia, Vuwani. The schools are Mudinane and Ramauba Secondary schools.

Minister and MEC went to the schools to encourage the learners to work hard so that they can get 100% pass rate at the end of the year. “It is possible. You can all become stars but through hard working” Minister said. MEC Kgetjepe promised that the Department will always be with the learners, teachers and all education stakeholders in making sure education levels are improved in the area.

During the visit there was a Red Pencil Group were they introduced the Stem Calculators to learners and they did presentation on how to use those calculators for Mathematics and Science calculations in front of Minister and MEC . The minister added, “I believe you are going to get 100% pass rate especially in Maths and Science for Matric Class of 2017 because you got an opportunity of getting the new knowledge of how to use a calculator in terms calculations”. The learners assured Minister and MEC that they are going to get 100% pass rate this year. The two leaders also visited Ha-Masia Amphitheatre to thank the community and Chief Masia for helping them about vuwani issues of burning the schools and refusing the learners to go to school.

“During the protests in Vuwani area, community members here worked with us in getting learners to go to the Catch-up centres. We solves challenges we could together and we believe we will continue to work together” Minister said to ululating crowd comprised of parents, learners, and community leaders and teachers unions. MEC Kgetjepe also indicated to the community members that the challenge of late stationary delivery is solved and will not happen again in future. Stationary was delivered throughout the month of January and schools were advised to contact the circuit offices or call the tollfree number 0800 26 52 66 should there be shortfalls.

Last year over 25 schools were burnt while 4 were also affected during protests against the decision of the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB). The MEC condemned all acts of vandalism against schools and other state provided facilities. “These facilities are made for the benefit of the communities. They belong to the communities and therefore should be protected by us as community members” he said.