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The West Rand District Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Nawa was accompanied by the Speaker, Cllr Johanna Phiri the Chief Whip, Cllr Sanele Ngweventsha and the Members of Mayoral Committee (MMCs) dedicated a week of visiting high schools across the region at the beginning of the school calendar year.Cllr Nawa was not only accompanied by his cabinet, also the Randfontein Local Municipality Executive Mayor Cllr Sylvia Thebenare and her executive members joined the district mayor at Randfontein Secondary to also give the learners the message of support. Again in Merafong, the Executive Mayor Cllr Maphefo Mogale-Letsie was present at Badirile and Letsatsing schools. The District entourage was also joined by the Westonaria local municipality Executive mayor, Cllr NonkolisoTundzi at Simunye Secondary School.
The leadership of religious fraternity formed part of the delegation; this augurs well since Education is a societal issue that needs involvement of the various sectors of our community.
The schools that performed the best, those that improved their results, those that dropped their pass rate and those that performed the worst were visited. The visits started on Wednesday when the schools re-opened and the first school that was visited was Randfontein High which is the only school in the West Rand that has been obtaining 100 % matric pass rate for five consecutive years. Cllr Nawa and his entourage also went to Thuto Pele Secondary situated in Kagiso. Thuto Pele obtained 99% matric pass rate with one learner that obtained six distinctions. The other schools that were visited were, Letsatsing Combined, Carleton Jones, Badirile, Kagiso Secondary, Mosupatsela, Randfontein Secondary and Simunye Secondary.
The purpose of the visit was to encourage all the learners and educators to be united in ensuring that the school results are constantly getting better and better instead of dropping and to encourage those schools that did not do well to double their effort in the coming years.Cllr Nawa encouraged both educators and learners to work together to make sure that West Rand becomes the number one district with matric results and delivery of quality education across all the grades. Again these school visits gave the Mayor and his cabinet an opportunity to listen to some of the challenges that are faced by the schools with the view to assist where possible. This is in line with what the president of the ANC and the republic President Jacob Zuma, reiterated at the ANC conference at Mangaung in December, “Education is a societal issue, therefore all of us must be involved in education of our children”.
Although Cllr Nawa will try by all means to be involved in the education of the West Rand child throughout the year, he made an undertaking that these school visits will be his annual Programme to ensure that education issues are given priority and attention they deserve in the West Rand.
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