Polokwane Executive Mayor Cllr Thembi Simelane-Nkadimeng, this morning, visited Makgongoana High School in Makanye village as part of the Back-to-School campaign and her drive to support the school to get work exceptionally well.
She was accompanied by Ward 27 and 28 Councillors, Cllr Steve Mogale and Cllr Rosemary Sekgobela respectively and a delegation from Bakgaga ba Mothapo Traditional Council led by Mokgoma wa Moshate, ntate Paledi Mothapo, Bakgaga, re a tamisha! Makgongoana High was part of the worst performing schools in the province having only achieved 20% pass rate in 2016. However, the school managed to turn things around and started improving from the 20% to 39.1% in 2017. In 2018, the school performed exceptionally well with 69.7% pass rate scooping position2 as most improved school. Its class of 2019 did not disappoint - it managed to achieve 88.2%. This year, the school is targeting 100% pass rate. However the school's achievements are no without challenges - overcrowding of learners where most of them are orphans who head families, teenage pregnancy, gangsterism and drugs have hit the school very hard. This is also confirmed by the School Principal who said these incidents are escalating from the community to the school. Cllr Nkadimeng has noted their challenges: "I have heard your challenges, let's work together. I am here to support you. I am also here to say congratulations because, like the Premier often says, success must be celebrated. It only comes with preparation and hard work for you to reach higher levels. Go back for the third time and get that 100%. I am going to give you my time. For us to achieve our goal and make a change, we need to be in line." Polokwane Executive Mayor appealed to all the learners to be at school during school hours. Talking to #GirlChild, the Executive Mayor also advised them to focus on their education and to avoid falling pregnant while they are still studying because there is no competition in bearing children. "Girls are intelligent. Listen to your grandmothers, mothers and educators and shape yourself." With Polokwane's humble resources, two deserving learners from the school will benefit from the Mayoral Bursary Scheme.