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MEC Qoboshiyane leads Back to School campaign in Sarah Baartman District

FEBRUARY 21, 2017
MEC Qoboshiyane leads Back to School campaign in Sarah Baartman District

As thousands of children across the Eastern Cape began a new school year in January, the Eastern Cape Provincial Government led by Premier, Phumulo Masualle, joined learners and parents at various schools across the province to ensure that learning and teaching began without problems.

The Back to School Campaign is a national campaign undertaken by government that seeks to support the return of learners and teachers to school, following the summer school vacation.

In the Eastern Cape, this campaign took place between the 11th and the 13th of January, under the theme, ‘Masiphathisane in moving the Education of the Eastern Cape forward’.

Representing the Premier, Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, visited several schools in the Sarah Baartman District.

His first stop was at McLachlan High School, in Joubertina, in the Kou-kamma Local Municipality, where he was accompaniedby the Speaker of the Eastern Cape Legislature, Noxolo Kiviet, representatives from the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, aswell as other officials and stakeholders.

McLachlan High School obtained a 100% pass rate for the grade 12 class of 2016.

MEC Qoboshiyane commended the teachers and the students for doing remarkable work and urged them to maintain the pass rate set by the class of 2016.

He also visited Joubertina Primary School, which is located in the same area and also achieved a 100% pass rate.

Speaking at the conclusion of his visit to the area, MEC Qoboshiyane said; “We have visited schools in the Kou-kamma Local Municipality as part of the Back to School campaign. We have observed the challenges that the schools are facing, especially the shortage of teachers and skills required to successfully educate the learners. Some teachers have also not been paid for some time.

“We have discussed our concerns with the School Principals, the School Governing Bodies (SGBs), and other local stakeholders.

Based on these discussions, we have compiled a report that we will submit to the Superintendent General and the MEC for Education so that they can address these problems.”

He said that it was important that government addresses these challenges timeously.

ENCOURAGEMENT… Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, appeals to Pearston Senior Secondary School learners to work hard. Looking on, left, is Blue Crane Route Local Municipality Mayor, Bonisile Manxoweni.

“We are however very encouraged by the results achieved by schools in this area,” MEC Qoboshiyane said.

“Yesterday, we were at McLachlan High School and today we are at Joubertina Primary School. One can certainly say that there is quality in the education being delivered in this area. Enough teachers are however required, as well as commitment from them and eager learners who are open to being taught, while government must continue to support them to ensure success.

“This District is vast. Issues such as learner transport has been tackled – so we are expecting a successful year ahead.”

From Joubertina, MEC Qoboshiyane headed to Pearston Primary School, in the Blue Crane Route Local Municipality.

The school falls under the Eastern Cape Department of Education’s Graaff-Reinet Education District. The District was praised by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, during her announcement of the 2016 Grade 12 results, for excelling nationally in Physical Science.

During the visit, MEC Qoboshiyane encouraged Pearston learners to respect their teachers, to love education and push themselves to be better people for the future.

“Once we begin to disregard education and knowledge, we might as well give up. We are here to encourage you to appreciate education and knowledge, which will fill you up,” he said.

“Even in the remote areas of this District, we have an expectation that you, as the sons and daughters of Africa, will eventually contribute to making a difference.

Main image: BACK TO SCHOOL… Left to right, Sarah Baartman District Municipality Speaker, Nonkqubela Pieters, and Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, follow proceedings during a visit to Pearston Senior Secondary School, in the Blue Crane Route Local Municipality.