Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela has hailed the 100% matric pass rate scored by Refeng Kgotso Secondary School in Tweeling in 2019, saying this achievement will resonate in the hearts of Free Starters for years.
Speaking at a ‘well done’ function held in Tweeling last week, Ntombela said the historic achievement should serve as a motivation for the class of 2020.
“Let this be motivation to you,” she noted. “This achievement will resonate in our hearts for years and years to come precisely because you did this despite the challenges you’re faced with in your respective homes. You proved that determination will always triumph above everything else and for that I’m eternally proud of you.”
Tweeling has a population of about 8 000, with 90% of them being government social grants recipients.
Ntombela noted that learners from disadvantaged communities were just as capable of achieving great things as those from privileged families.
“As you head to various universities across the country, walk the talk and know that your dreams are possible through hard work and dedication,” said the Premier.
Refeng Kgotso Secondary School achieved an 87% pass rate in 2017, 95% in 2018, and 100% in 2019.
The school was broken into last year and some equipment stolen. This resulted in various stakeholders donating 11 laptops to the institution and a further 60 to students attending various institutions of higher learning in the area.
The donors also gave out sanitary towels and uniform to 35 learners. Furthermore, schools attending last week’s celebration received soccer kits for both their boys and girls’ football teams.