Monday, 30 October the weather condition was chilly
and rainy. The rain was perceived as a sign of blessings by the Free State MEC,
Makalo Mohale as his spirits were so high and very confident that the set
target of 90/50 pass rate is achievable.
About 96 grade 12 learners from Ipopeng High and 43 from
Winburg secondary schools gathered in one hall to be addressed by MEC Makalo
Mohale, Lejweleputswa District Director, Phahello Zonke and Exams Director,
Tebogo Basjan, all wishing them the best of luck in the 2023 examinations.
MEC Mohale said he specifically chose to monitor the
exams at Winburg to revive hope and send a message that no matter where you
come from, nothing is impossible for you.
He urged the learners not only to meet the 90% pass
rate and 50% bachelors pass as set by the province but surpass that and get
100%. When they achieve this, he promised that he will personally come and
celebrate with the learners from this small town.
MEC Mohale with kindness, reminded learners, some of
them coming from humble beginnings with parents that have made sacrifices under
dire circumstances for them to reach grade 12.
“You are the one to break the poverty cycle in your
families and communities, said MEC Mohale. He encouraged them to go beyond.
Examinations and Assessment Director, Tebogo Basjan
warned learners not to take short cuts and cheat in exams, he said even the
mistake of bringing a cellphone in the exam room can get one not to write exams
for the next three years after investigations.
The Premier and his executive, senior managers of the
department also monitored the exams across the province.
Addressing learners at Kagiso Comprehensive School,
Premier of the Free State, Honourable Mxolisi Dukwana said learners should be
the shining light in their families. He encouraged them to give it all in the
exams, he thanked the teachers and parents for their continued support. “You
are the best” he said.