“The hard work that has been put in throughout the year by all the educators to prepare the learners for this final step in basic education will bear much fruit. Well wishes for exams. Let us make education fashionable,” said the Deputy Minister on Wednesday.
The Class of 2016 had their first final exam on Wednesday amid protests by university students for free higher education.
Deputy Minister Manamela encouraged learners not to be negatively affected by the protests but to focus on passing.
"We acknowledge that some students may have concerns about their future in higher education due to funding challenges, but we encourage them to work hard in their exams and not be deterred by other things,” said the Deputy Minister.
The National Development Plan recognises education, training and innovation as key elements in eliminating poverty and reducing equality. Therefore, said Deputy Minister Manamela, learners should take every opportunity to access education and training with vigour.
In considering options for further education and training, learners should consider studying at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.
These colleges offer courses for practical skills development, including technical skills that are needed for our economic growth.