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Premier and MEC visit top and underperforming schools during Back-to-School Campaign

By: Lutendo Nekhubvi and Portia Masha


Premier of Limpopo Mr stanely Mathabata and King of Vhavenda Khosikhulu Toni Mphephu Ramabulana were part of delegation that visited top three performing schools in Vhembe District.


The visit started at Mbilwi Secondary School which is the best performing school in 2016 matric results in the Province. The school produced  220 bachelors out of 406 learners who wrote exams in 2016.

King Toni Mphephu encouraged learners to produce good results and thanked 2016 matric class for their hard work. Premier Stanley Mathabata also encouraged learners and teachers and reminded them on the importance of education and that of mathematics and science. This is the main stream at Mbilwi School. The MEC for Education,  Mr ishmael kgetjepe thanked the principal of Mbilwi Secondary and teachers who have dedicated their efforts in producing quality results each year.

After the visit in Mbilwi the delegation went straight to Tshivhase Secondary School. Tshivhase again produced the top provincial learner, Malamba Nemavhadwe. Hjere the delegation indicated to the learners that it is possible to beat all others providing one goes an extra mile in preparing for schooling throughout the year.

The second top school was Thengwe in Tshilamba circuit. The MEC proceeded to Thengwe accompanied by leaders from the district and the municipality.  Thengwe produced 196 bachelors out of the 367 learners who wrote in 2016.  The other top school visited was Hoerskool Pietersburg which produced 188 bachelors.  The other top learners are Mulovhedzi Tovhowani of Thohoyandou Secondary School and Joseph Leon Liju of Hoerskool Ben Viljoen.

The MEC also visited under performing schools. These included Hwiti and Mangoaneng Secondary Schools. He also visited Legora and Phutlotau High Schools in Sekhukhune District. MEC Kgetjepe visited poor schools to encourage the learners and teachers to work very hard so that they will improve. The MEC said “I am very disappointed about the pass rate of these schools and also towards Legora learners who arrived late during the visit and promised to guide them. The mayor committed to take care of the schools by providing guidance. Under-performing school will receive special assistance to make sure they improve. They are however expected to work hard and also to continuously seek assistance from neigbouring good performers, circuit offices and the districts.

There were 110557 full time and 20975 reapeat learners who sat for NSC in Limpopo. They wrote in 1699 centres across the northern province of South Africa, Limpopo which received overall 62.5 % pass percent rate. Learners and teachers in all visited schools promised to work hard to realize the provincial 80% pass target and even surpass it.