A happy Anza Tshipetane of Mbilwi High, the top pupil in Limpopo.
The 18-year-old Anza Tshipetane of Mbilwi High is the top pupil in Limpopo.
This was announced by Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe during a ceremony at the Ranch Motel outside Polokwane last Friday.
The hardworking Anza received seven distinctions, viz. in mathematics, physical science, life science, geography, Tshivenda, life orientation and English first additional language. She will study medicine at the University of Cape Town from this year.
Kgetjepe said that the province increased the pass rate by 3,2%, but that some schools did not perform as well as they should have. He mentioned that of the 83 227 learners who had written their final exams last year, 54 625 had passed. “I am extremely delighted to announce that our pass percentage for this year is 65.6%, which is a significant growth and excellent performance for the province,” he said.
“Last year we worked very hard to improve our matric results,” said Kgetjepe. “We organised massive winter classes and went into partnership with SABC radio to help us with revision for the Grade 12 learners.”
Kgetjepe expressed her gratitude towards the parents and guardians who gave their children the necessary support and encouragement during this time. “The importance of the role of parents should never be underestimated, as it is critical in sustaining and bolstering the teaching and learning process. The results achieved by the teachers did not happen by accident or luck. It is a result of hard work and dedication. Teachers in this province committed themselves in ways that should be an example to the rest of their profession and we truly appreciate their selfless contribution,” said the MEC.
Kgetjepe said Mbilwi Secondary School in Sibasa had once again occupied the number one spot as best-performing school. Manaledzi Secondary School from Soutpansberg West Circuit is the most improved school. The school improved by 36,3% and produced a 94,3% pass.
The top five pupils in the province are Anza Tshipetane of Mbilwi High, Thendo Musiwalo Kutama of Sinthumule High, Boitumelo Ngoepe of Dendron, Khodani Nemalamangwa of Thengwe High and Takalani Bamela of Tshivhase High.
The Limpopo Premier, Mr Stan Mathabatha said that the department of education had adopted altruism, honesty, compassion, professionalism, fairness, excellence, team work and empathy as important values to guide their vision and actions. “We are prepared to unlearn laziness and adopt hard work. We will learn from our past and improve our present reality. Your success and achievement today signify our commitment to advancing the values of education that are central to our liberation as individuals and as a nation”, he added.
* As a result of a lack of space in this edition, Limpopo Mirror will provide more information on the achievements of the Class of 2017 in future editions.