Angie meets learners in Zwelitsha Schools

Recently the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga together with Education MEC Fundile Gade and the Head of Department Themba Kojana visited Thembalabantu and Xolani High Schools as well as Ngqika High Primary School in Zwelitsha near King William’s Town.

The Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga visited the schools with the aim of motivating learners ahead of the final matric exams. Motshekga stated to the learners of Thembalabantu and Xolani that she came down to tell them how much they mean to the Government. I want to tell you all, how important, special you are to us as government and we love you so much, said Motshekga.

Following the Gender Based Violence that the country at large is currently facing, Motshekga begged learners not to engage in substance abuse, sexual activities and bullyism. Drugs are very dangerous, and they are addictive, once you start using them, it becomes very hard to stop, stay away from them and please report the drug dealers as they are killers said Motshekga. Adding to her advice to learners, Motshekga added that they ( learners) should not perform sexual activities as they will get diseases, unplanned pregnancy and not be able to finish high school.

Standing up to abuse, Motshekga described rape as a cruel thing and advised boys not to be part of it as it destroys girls forever and they never recover after that. Some girls are prostitutes and act promiscuously today because of rape, she added.

She encouraged learners to study hard. By tapping into her days as a learner herself, Motshekga explained the interest of the Government into the young leaders of tomorrow saying,I grew up in a township like you but through hard work, I am now a Minister of Education, you can also do it. You have gone far to give up now, do what ever it takes to pass with good marks. Be the first to come to school and the last to go home, added Motshekga.

Koko Funda, Principal of Thembalabantu High School was very excited to be visited by Minister Motshekga. We as the school feel so special and grateful to be visited by the Basic Minister of Education, this day will forever be remembered by the learners, said Funda. He added that learners and teachers will also be motivated by this visit and Grade 12 learners promised to pass with 75% and above.

As the Learners of Ngqika Higher Primary School met the Minister for the first time, they were so excited and could not believe it. Grade 6 learner, Mlibo Dinginto expressed her excitement together with her fellow mates that they were visited by the Minister.

We are very happy about the visit; we have never experienced such a surprise as we only see the minister on Television and reading books said Dinginto. She continued to say it is very refreshing to finally meet Motshekga in person and they will never forget this day. Dinginto promised to focus on schooling by saying that she will read her books, pass her grades and make Motshekga proud.

Source: Eastern Cape Department of Education