17 November 2018


Ratlou Mayor offers support to schools as they reopen

by: Shallot Setlhaku   date: 26 January 2018

Ratlou Local Municipality Mayor, Tebogo Modise, paid a visit to
Makgobistad and Mabule villages to witness the first day of school.
She was accompanied by Sub-District Manager for education, Dr
Emily Mammen, and other senior officials of the education
department in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District,
In addition to checking the state of readiness, the visit was also
used to identify any challenge that may affect teaching and
learning such as resources, staffing and learners’ admissions.
At Mmoledi High School in Makgobistad, the government team
found both learners and teachers ready to start the new academic
Speaking to learners at the school, Dr Mammen sent a strong
warning to new matriculants not to drop the school`s performance.
She also expressed concern about the 2017 matric class that
performed lower than the seven year record by obtaining less than
a 75% pass rate.
Dr Mammen applauded the Ntshidi High School in Mabule village
for producing 50% Bachelors Degree passes, despite the fact that
it was their first matric class in 2017.
“All these happened amidst challenges faced by the school due to
inadequate classrooms and these learners had to study under a
tree for almost six months of their academic year,” she said.

Learners were encouraged to take their studies seriously if they
want to be successful at the end of the year.

“As the department and the municipality, our role is to provide a
conducive environment for the process of teaching and learning to
take place, and further to give learner/teacher support where
necessary,” said Modise.
She said the municipality was in the process of awarding a number
of bursaries to Ratlou municipality learners who performed well in
their last year’s matric result, particularly financially and
academically deserving learners who applied to further their
studies at variuos tertiary institutions of learning.