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Together, moving Gauteng city region forward

Date: 2/8/2017
Author: Jeff Mmope

GDE recently honoured eight township schools that achieved 100% pass rate during the 2016 National Senior Certificate exams at Birchwood Hotel in , Boksburg,.
These schools are part of the Senior Secondary Intervention Programme (SSIP) which is a research driven programme that targets and supports learners on subjects and topics they normally struggle with in the  examinations.
Speaking at the event, the Gauteng MEC for Education, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, welcomed them into what he calls the “Prestigious League” – referring to schools that are performing well in the province.
 “You have changed the perception around township schools. The results testify  that quality education can happen anywhere. The department is prioritising the building of state- of- the- art schools in the townships because we want to break the shackles of poverty through education. Continue to do well, I will cover your back, and let the 100% not be once off – it must be a culture,” said  the MEC Lesufi
The MEC further urged other schools in the province to aspire to be members of the ‘prestigious league’ which includes Kwena Molapo,   Rietvlei Ext 1 Secondary School. Kgakane, Raucall, Madibane and Raymond Mhlaba Secondary Schools.
Bandile Mangali and Michael Maligana, the principals of Kwena Molapo and Rietvallei Ext 1 Secondary School respectively emphasised the need to plan ahead as a formula for success.
“Have your strategies and plans in place if you want your school to perform better,”   they opined.
The event was braced by the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee for Education, Mr Joe Mpisi, as well the Acting Head of Department, Mr Rufus Mmutlana.
Meanwhile, Ekurhuleni North District had a glittering Grade 12 District Awards ceremony at the Emperor’s Hotel on the same day. The Acting Chief Director for Ekudibeng District, Mr Ephraim Tau, reminded the learners of the long road travelled and the need to be focused as they prepare to break the next column.
“Go to those institutions of higher learning with only one objective in mind and that is to complete your course so that you can meaningfully participate in the country’s economy,” said Tau.
The Acting District Director, Nonceba Ntuba, strongly reminded the audience that education is a passport for the future adding that “the future belongs to those who prepares for it”.


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