Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has lauded 30 top achievers out of 700 000 learners who sat for the national senior certificate exams last year.
Speaking at a breakfast held in Midrand, Motshekga praised the learners as “the pride of the nation” and said that despite challenges facing education such as poor infrastructure, the 30 learners managed to beat the odds and pass their exams with flying colours.
“Despite serious challenges such as infrastructure, you managed to climb Kilimanjaro and achieve the best. You are now at the peak of it all. For that we are grateful,” said Motshekga.
“We are putting our hopes in you. We are watching you with very hawkish eyes. You are our national asset. We are celebrating you as the country’s asset. We don’t have to panic or be intimidated by the Fourth Industrial Revolution because in you we have brilliant and dedicated kids.”
Motshekga said she was extremely of the overall matric exams, especially because many schools servicing the poor came to the party and performed extremely well than in the past years.
Themba Kinana, managing executive of public, policy and engagement, thanked the department of basic education for its commitment to the betterment of education in South Africa and Africa as a whole.
“On behalf of Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub, we would like to thank the department for believing in the partnership with Vodacom. We have traversed this road together in ensuring that we bring the results we are talking about today. We also thank the parents, children and all the MECS for their hard work,” said Kinana.
“Vodacom believes that SA is in the success path. We are committing to contribute to the betterment of the education system in SA in order to build an African child. The education of SA contributes to the growth of the education system in Africa.”
This article was made possible by the generous support of Vodacom SA.