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,”
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”.