Limpopo MEC for Department of Education Ishmael Kgetjepe is confident that Vhembe district will continue to produce great results. This is despite the sporadic ruction in Vuwani and Malamulele and the education service shutdown that topped South African news over the year. Kgetjepe was addressing youth at an Imbizo at Mudavula Stadium on Friday, confirming examinations that are to start later this month and encouraging learners to revise and do their best to be ready. The Umalusi assessed national final examinations will start in two weeks. “In this area we always get the best results. We should be able to get the best results. “Security is set already It takes account of what the community does to look after its own children and infrastructure and so on. “We look after what we have, we protect our children because education is their future. We want them to proceed with teaching and learning.
We do not want to lose this year. You will know that matric examinations are very important for the country,” said Kgetjepe. He added: ”I think there is a relative stability in Vuwani around the area in terms of education. I know there might be a lot of outstanding issues, but we seem to agree with stakeholders that we must create an environment where children must be able to write exams.” Kgetjepe wants learners to believe in themselves and burn the midnight oil studying for their future. He even went as far as to say learners in Vhembe District can be like Andrew Tucker, the 2015 SA top matriculate, who was diagnosed with Guillainbarre’ syndrome and still made it to the top. ”The last top matriculate was sick and spent four months in hospital and he became the top student in the country. So anything is possible. Of course we are gifted differently and cope with difficulties differently.
“What is left is for the children to revise. We are doing radio and television lessons and schools are doing revision. And from there on I think it is for learners to get ready. We will be able to see in January how much this area was affected,” he said. He added: “I launched the countdown to examination in Vuwani and all stakeholders were there- from traditional leaders, parents to school governing bodies- to place their commitment to ensure that we make our contribution for the learners to be able to write their exams. “We have done our best in terms of catch up to make sure when learners start writing their final exams, learners in Vuwani and surrounding areas are at par with the rest in the country,” Kgetjepe said.