LEPHALALE — Tielelo Secondary School and Hoërskool Ellisras were at the helm of all the schools in the Lephalale Cluster at the Lephalale Municipality 2015 Matric awards ceremony held at Mogol Club function hall on Friday.
The awards ceremony was to honour the schools, teachers and learners who did well in the Matric class of 2015. Tielelo Secondary School under principal Zakes Radipabe and EHS under principal Louis Campbell collected most of the awards ranging from: School which beat the 80% pass rate, top schools in the Palala cluster, school with the most bachelor passes, amongst others.
Speaking on behalf of Lephalale Mayor, Jack Maeko, councillor William Motlokwa said that because the class of 2015 didn’t perform well all circuit managers, educators and SGB members need to go back to the drawing board to do some introspection.
“In previous years we had learners who made us proud by being among the top learners in the province, but the class of 2015 did not produce such cream and we must be brutally honest with ourselves and do serious soul searching”
Thapelo Motlokwa of Letupu Secondary school in Morwe Village who received the top learner award in the Palala North circuit, said that education is very important and encouraged the class of 2016 to study hard and focus on achieving good results. Thapelo passed his matric with 5 distinctions, in Sepedi H/L, Mathematics, Geography, Life Science and Physical Science. He also received 5th position in the cluster.
Cllr Motlokwa added that the stakeholders involved need to identify factors that contributed to the decline of the results and come up with intervention strategies. “Some of the contributing factors are that our children have no respect for their elders and if they don’t respect elders like educators and parents, how can they perform well?”
Lack of commitment by some teachers, learners and parents was also identified as a huge contributing factor. Motlokwa said that some parents don’t even bother going to school meetings or even care about the performance of their children.
A request was made to businesses in Lephalale to assist in education, and an announcement was made that Boikarabelo Mine would donate R240 000 to the Mayoral Bursary. “The Mayor has the Mayoral bursary fund but the demand is too high, more than 90% of the schools are in previously disadvantage villages where some families rely on government grants for survival.”