Erasmus Monareng Secondary welcomes the class of 2017

Dr Nomonde Mqhayi-Mbambo, the acting CEO at Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital, delivers her speech during the welcoming ceremony that took place at Isiphosethu High School in Vosloorus on Friday, February 10.

It seems that local schools are embracing motivational speakers and role models as a solution to the poor performance of learners when it comes to matric results.

Erasmus Monareng Secondary School from Vosloorus held a special ceremony – for the first time – to welcome its matric class of 2017 and to motivate them. The ceremony took place at Isiphosethu High School on Friday, February 11.

The Head of Department (HOD) of services Lumka Mgcotyelwa explained to Kathorus MAIL the school’s plan to improve matric results this year, saying they were encouraging learners to buy Study Buddies, as they are helpful.

“Among the plans to improve results this year, we plan to have this motivational event that we are having today. We want to make sure that our learners attend Saturday classes. We will also have one-on-one meetings with parents to discuss each and every learner’s background, we plan to have afternoon classes whereby we will bring in previous years’ question papers for revision. We want to finish the syllabus early around June so that we will have more time for revision. Each and every teacher will adopt a child and monitor the progress of that child, whether the child does homework and assignments on time,” said Mgcotyelwa.

One of the motivational speakers at the event was Philiswa Qamata, a founder and executive member of Masakhisizwe Mining and Construction CC.

“I would like to see you all becoming something big in life – that is why I am willing to invest my own money in making sure that nothing stands in your way to become what you want to be in life. But I will only invest in those who are working hard,” said Qamata, who comes from Vosloorus.

“Your teachers must help you to write letters to me. I promise you I won’t throw those letters away, I will read them. In those letters state what you want to do when you finish school, and also state what is it that you do in order to achieve all that. I will pick at least five letters that will impress me,” she said.

Qamata said she has paid the school fees of some “learners graduating from Wits University in March this year” since they were in Grade 11.

Qamata went on to advise matriculants to avoid sex before marriage and alcohol, “because once you get drunk it leads to rape, STIs and HIV and Aids. What worries me is that our government gives schoolchildren free condoms instead of sanitary towels,” she said.

Dr Nomonde Mqhayi-Mbambo, who is the acting CEO at Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital, told learners about her own background.

“My mother was a domestic worker. But I have managed to be what I am today because I worked hard. I made the right choices and sacrifices. I advise you to do the same, and you will never go wrong. My parents always told me how beautiful I was – that motivated me,” said Mqhayi-Mbambo.

Mqhayi-Mbambo also advised parents not to lead their children into doing wrong.

“Some parents are the ones who lead their children into falling in love with older people. Some insult their children just because they are angry with the father of their children because they are no longer in relationships. If you have a problem with the father of your child because he left you for another woman, don’t take it out on your child. Instead, help your child with his or her education. One day she will help you out of poverty,” she concluded.

Snenhlanhla Nkosi, the deputy president of the Representative Council of Learners (RCL), said what the teachers did for the Grade 12s was special.

“I think after this motivational talk, we as learners will learn to work hard.

“I hope we won’t have matriculants who are going to drop out because they have fallen pregnant. I hope they won’t be so careless as to throw away their future,” said Nkosi, adding that the school had also worked hard at motivating learners to avoid teenage pregnancy.

Aaron Damane

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