Minister of Basic Education visits Tswasongu Secondary School

The Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga visited schools in the West Rand on Thursday, 14 January 2016. Tswasongu Secondary School in Khutsong was honoured to be selected as the school in Merafong which the minister visited.  Amongst the dignitaries were Merafong City Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Maphefo Mogale Letsie and Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs).   The minister’s visit was informed by the exceptional performance of the matric class of 2015 in the West Rand.

In today’s competitive world, education is the foremost basic need for humans after food, clothing and shelter.  According to Minister Motshekga education transforms a person to live a better life and assists in our social well being.  Education opens the world of knowledge needed to build a better life. It also plays a vital role in our personal growth and success. Being educated and earning a professional degree prepares a person to be a part of reputed organisations, companies or institutions.

Educated humans are in large good citizens and dependable workers. Without education a person is incomplete, education enables a human being to consider more options in decision making. It is only education which promotes good habits, values and awareness. Uneducated people are generally not aware of developments unfolding around them. Hence the need to introduce a culture of reading for leisure, this will make it easy for learners when they have to study.

The minister’s visit was informed by the exceptional performance in the West Rand District. The Department of Education will be implementing programmes to improve the quality education system. The Department will continue to engage the district regarding piloting of these programmes in the area. Minister Motshekga applauded the educators in the West Rand District for doing a sterling job. The West Rand District is in second position nationally. “Your commitment, passion and dedication are appreciated,” said the minster.

The MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi was also present. In his address, he said, “ now a day’s technology plays an important role in continuing the communication of education. Technology is the only fundamental way by which a desired change and upliftment in the society can be taken into effect. Hence we have introduced E learning.  The majority of our disadvantaged learners only encounter or work on a computer for the first time in tertiary. Introducing E learning will ensure that learners are fully conversant with technology by the time they arrive at institutions of higher learning. In South Africa education is regarded as a number one priority. We should also ensure that we treat our educators as such.”

MEC Lesufi further said that the Department of Education is committed because we are fully aware that having an education will give you a better chance of getting a job that pays above minimum wage. Formal education, together with a lot of work by learners can produce qualifications and credentials that land them promotions and in management position. Learning is the most powerful tool in the world. The more you know, the better you will get along in the world.

After a visit to Tswasongu, the minister and her entourage went to different schools in the West Rand. Cllr Mogale Letsie was pleased that Tswasongu was one of the schools that put Merafong on the map.  She says she has faith that all schools in Merafong will continuously strive to improve on their achievements and showcase the municipal area.