Education is the Key to Success
The "Go Back to School Campaign was launched on the 12th of January 2011 at Ravhuhali High School in Makhado Local Municipality. The programme is a National campaign where politicians and other dignitaries visit Schools with the aim of encouraging learners to go back to School in time, study hard and that teaching and learning start immediately.
Mr.Ramulifho M.G, from the Department of Education indicated that there are lots of opportunities which includes amongst others, feeding schemes, bursaries and loans from various departments and educational institutions, free education until the first degree in the University level, no fee Schools, supplementary learning and teaching interventions such as Saturdays and Winter/ Spring schools, free transport for long distance learner travelers, available learners hips for both learners and educators.
"Education is the key to success and money should not be a stumbling block for learners not to go to School. The District Municipality has set aside R3, 5 million to assist destitute learners to go and further their studies. The role of a learner is to learn, educators must educate and School Managers should manage their Schools. Everybody has a role to play and we expect everyone to play his / her role". Said the Executive Mayor.
Dr. Mdaka congratulated Schools which performed well despite not having all the resources. Learners should abstain from sexual activities which lead to teenage pregnancies, the use of drugs and alcohol. He warned learners to be careful when choosing friends because bad friends will influence you to do bad things. The Mayor also cautioned educators to arrive early at School, be in class in time teaching and remain at School for seven hours.
The Executive Mayor visited eight Schools which included Ravhuhali 44, 8%, Lwandani 73, 9%, Shirilele 73, 9%, Todani 43,7%, Lwaphungo 38,4, Eric Louw 98,5, Ratshisase 91,3% and Sinthumule High School 99,6.
Vhembe District pass rate was 62% in 2008, in 2009 the pass rate was 55,4 and in 2010 the percentage was 63,1.