LEPHALALE — The 2018 Matric Awards Ceremony was held at Mogol Club’s function hall on Monday 11 February. This award ceremony presents an ongoing recognition and support for the hard work done by learners, teachers and the education fraternity at large.
Mosima Semenya, a learner who has recently graduated from the University of Limpopo and was a beneficiary of the Mayoral Bursary, delivered a motivational talk to fellow learners.
Mosima told learners that tertiary life has taught her valuable life lessons. “When I completed matric, I thought things would be easier but being independent wasn’t what I expected. Tertiary education may also be challenging because learners who used to be top achievers in high school now become regular achievers or worse, drop outs,” she said.
She encouraged learners to stay focused in their studies and made reference of how she was mocked and called a bookworm.
“My fellow learners in high school used to say I live an uptight life. I was the kind of student who utilised the library every moment I got. I stayed away from groups and the mentality groups had. This helped me move ahead in life, although it doesn’t mean I have arrived,” she explained.
The principal of Hoërskool Ellisras, Adriaan Joubert, also delivered a motivational message. He picked three learners and used a spade as demonstration. He asked them to have the spade handling side on their palm without moving. The spade would fall every time until he asked the learners to focus on the spade and move around, and to keep their balance to prevent the spade from falling. He said the purpose was to demonstrate what it means to stay focused in order to move forward.
Schools that achieved an 80% pass rate were acknowledged and recognised as striving towards excellence.
These schools are classified as functional in the Palala Cluster and the top three are: Mathulasera 80%, Hoërskool Ellisras 95,28% and Mananye 95,35%.
Schools with 100% pass rate are:
Kodupo with a 28,6% rate of learners qualifying to study for a bachelor’s degree; Letupu with 45% qualifying for a bachelor’s degree and Thabang with 60% qualifying for a bachelors.
The top three schools in the whole of the Palala Cluster are:
Letupu in Palala North with 45% bachelors
Hoërskool Ellisras in Ellisras Circuit with 59,8% bachelors; and
Thabang in Palala South with 60% bachelors.
Ellisras Circuit was named the best performing circuit in the Palala Cluster.
341 learners from four secondary schools registered to write the 2018 matric exam, 275 of them wrote seven subjects and 225 passed, with 66 of them taking the Multiple Exam Opportunities path.
The cluster saw 81,82% pass rate, 37,1% Bachelors, 16,73% Diplomas and 2,7% Distinctions in 15 subjects.
During the awards ceremony a commitment was done to adopt three schools:
Medupi Generation committed to adopt Thabang
Boikarabelo Coal Mine committed to adopt Letupu
Lephalale Municipal Mayor Jack Maeko committed to adopt Kodupo.
Overall the Palala Cluster obtained 62,13% pass rate in the class of 2018.