“The Malamulele Parliamentary Office will be actively involved in the education system in our area because we strongly believe that education is the passport to a better life.
“Education will help us better respond to our challenges. We want to use education as a [vehicle] of delivering growth,” she said.
Minister Muthambi was speaking to learners from Mphambo High School outside Malamulele as part of the Back to School campaign. The Minister used the platform to hand out school shoes to learners from destitute households.
She encouraged the learners to focus on their school work.
“You are all here to learn... If you focus on your education, you will have all our support. We will organise a computer lab for you but on condition that you improve your grade 12 pass rate. Again, there will be gifts for the three best performers of the year.
“These should be the top three learners who will be consistent from now until the end of this academic year.”
She said the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) will deliver copies of the government newspaper, Vuk’uzenzele, in order to enhance the knowledge of the learners.
Malamulele West Circuit Manager Christinah Mafunzwaini said: “We think that after the Minister’s visit, there is going to be a significant improvement as far as learners performance is concerned. Learners and educators are all excited about this important visit.”
School principal Nathaniel Masuluke said: “We want to make a public commitment that we are going to improve our matric pass rate at our school. We feel very encouraged by the Minister’s visit.”
Minister Muthambi, who was accompanied by local traditional leaders Hosi Xigamani and Hosi Mphambo, also visited Xigamani High, where the school’s matrics did not perform well in the last academic year.
School principal Bennet Mabasa said the school does not have a library, computer centre and proper sanitation.
“Last year, we achieved less than 55% pass rate in grade 12. However, the good news is that this year, we have set a record of achieving more than 85%.
“We will be able to achieve this through extra classes during the school holidays, giving learners more work, effective morning and afternoon studies as well as outsourcing the best educators in the region to come and assist us. Again, we will also be introducing winter classes.”