Limpopo grade 12 candidates seemed eagerly ready for their final year
examinations when MEC for Education in the province, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya
joined by the Hod Ms. Onica Dederen, parents/guardian and other education
stakeholders during the pledge signing ceremony that took place at Makhado CPD
Centre (former Makhado College of Education) on Friday, 20 October 2023. Over
1000 candidates from six (6) secondary schools under Vhembe West Education
District were in attendance.
purpose of pledge signing is to assist with the curbing and control of
examination irregularities. Candidates were asked to read and sign a pledge
stating that they will uphold the principles of honesty and integrity in the
examination. They pledged to comply with all the examination rules that
discourage things such as using unauthorized notes and getting assistance from
a fellow learner or an invigilator.
you are all aware that during the examination, one need to be mentally healthy
when sitting for an exam, and we are also observing mental health this October,
under the theme: Mental Health is a Universal right. Students need to be
mentally ready so that you cope with the stress that comes with the
examination,” said Mr. Richard Hlungwani, Limpopo Department of Health.
Maitisa, an actress (also known as Eunice from the TV series Skeem Saam) took
to the podium to give words of encouragement. “This is your last chance to
prove to yourself and make a promise to yourself that is this is a moment which
is going to open each and every channel that you want in life, whatever you
want to do, you need to have the fire and the drive in you, so that we can
believe in you as well. For you to have the support around you, you need to
convince us that you can do it. You are only left with nine (days) to write
your examinations, please focus.”
addressing the learners, MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya said the Limpopo 2023 Matric
class is going to be condemned by their backgrounds and personal circumstances.
The MEC emphasized learners must be proud of their geographical location and it
must never count as a disadvantage.
said somebody had to live and stay in the rural and remote area according to
the geographical map and learners must change that narrative and show the whole
of South Africa and the world that coming from the rural setup does not define
further indicates that in taking the pledge, nine days before the exams starts,
over 94 000 full time candidates will be writing, so are you not alone. When
the stars are up there, there are just those stars that will shine better than
the other as a way of showing confidence in them. “Being 94 000, you can
still be that star that is shining better than the other. When you light in
your own corner, you are lighting your own change and development”, The MEC
Ntsumele, the grade 11 RCL President in the Vhembe West district and Treasury
of the province, encouraged her seniors to grasp the opportunity with two hands
and make the best out of it.
a person who is passionate and a go-getter. Failure is not the end of the road;
it is just a big red sign that is showing you that you are going the wrong way
and you must turn. As a grade 12 candidate, set your own goal and know that
this is what you want to be, and this is what you want to get. As a grade 12
learner, when you encounter a difficult situation, it is either you let it
define you, or to destroy you. If you are a candidate, you have to let it bring
out the best in you” Said Ntsumele.
the pledge signing occasion, MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya joined by both Waterberg
District Municipality and Lephalale Local Municipality officials, Exxaro Mine
and Old Mutual during Spring Enrichment Monitoring Camps as well as the 2023
matric Last Push at Mabalane Seleka Technical High school in Lephalale
following an official launch of matric countdown late last month in Mopani East
“I am looking forward to
accompanying some of you to Johannesburg to meet Minister Angie Motshekga when
She awards the best National performers. Waterberg must be counted amongst the
best and I trust you to make it happen.
“As I conclude, I want you
to take the following tips into consideration. It will help you as you finalize
your revision; stay away from social media and focus on your studies.
You will have enough time to
socialize after the exams, study in groups so that you can help each other
where you are struggling, nobody is perfect, don’t stress yourself and consume
energy drinks and other forms of boosters. Be true to yourself and rely on your
natural strength and get enough time to rest, sleep when you are tired and wake
up on time”, Cautioned MEC”.
By Ndivhuwo Mukhada