17 November 2018


Minister Motshekga visits Madibeng schools on re-opening day

by: Kagiso Diutlwileng   date: 26 January 2018

When schools open at the beginning of the year, it’s the desire of every
stakeholder to ensure that teaching and learning start immediately and
that there are no obstacles that can derail that.
This is what Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, wanted to
witness when she visited three schools in Bokone Bophirima’s Madibeng
sub-district on the day the schools opened a week and a half ago. Part
of her mission, however, was to personally congratulate schools that
performed well and to encourage those that performed lower than
expected during the 2017 academic year.
She kicked off her visit at Hebron Technical School, which obtained
55,2% in the 2017 National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) examinations
–making it one of the lowest performing schools in the province. The
drop in the school’s performance affected the Madibeng sub-district’s
position in the Bojanala District’s rankings.
The Minister was accompanied by MEC for Education and Sport
Development, Sello Lehari, and Executive Mayor of Madibeng Local
Municipality, Jostina Mothibe.
Speaking at Hebron Technical School, Motshekga said her department
was interested in getting a clear picture of what caused the school to
perform poorly and to check where the school needs assistance.
“What we are doing here today as the Basic Education Department, in
collaboration with our provincial Education Department, is to check the
status quo of the school, as its 2017 NSC results are shockingly poor.
As a sector, we want to focus more on your vocational and technical
schools as they are the flagship of the education system, and when
administered correctly, they may act as another contributor to our
economy,” she said.
Other two schools that the Minister visited include Machadam Combined
School in Mooinooi, which obtained a 100% pass rate for the past two
previous years of NSC exams and Mmadikete Lion Secondary School in
Maboloka village which obtained 82,5% pass rate for the 2017 exams.

Motshekga, who stated that part of her department’s 2018 academic
plan was to work on improving the pass rate quality in all grades,
congratulated the two schools and said the department would assist with
infrastructure needs after principals of the two schools tabled some of
their challenges.
“Machadam is regarded as one of the poor schools but whenever its
Grade 12 learners get into the exam room, they outshine their fellow
peers at other schools. And though most learners are from farm areas
and informal settlements, they always give out the best, as shown by the
results of the previous two years.

“It is a rewarding feeling to work with such schools, hence we are here to
congratulate them and to acknowledge the efforts that the teachers put
in because it is quite a tough one to work at a combined school where
age groups are of huge margins,” said the Minister.
At Mmadikete, the Minister said while acknowledging the fact that the
school had challenges such as security and infrastructure, one could see
that it was aging and teachers had to walk from one building to the other.
Despite all that though, the school managed to obtain satisfactory
National Senior Certificate results.
“Congratulations to the school, despite all odds they were faced with.
We will try and assist through the provincial Education Department in
intervening on the infrastructure matter,” she added.
The Minister conducted a Ministerial outreach programme later on the
same day at Letlhabile Community Hall, where she interacted with
education stakeholders around Madibeng to discuss how to improve the
quality of education, school safety and effective school governance,
amongst others.
Caption: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga during her
visit to Madibeng sub-disctrict accompanied by MEC Sello Lehari
and Madibeng Executive Mayor Jostina Mothibe