Generations actor gives exam advice at troubled school

AFTER spending nearly 8 months without proper teaching and learning, pupils at the troubled Marobathota High School in Boyne are hoping to do well in their end-of-year examinations.

That comes after the pupils were encouraged by a group of television personalities, including Seputla Sebogodi of the soapie Generations, former actor and now businessman Mpho Tsedu, Gabriel Temudzani, popularly known as Chief Azwindini, and Dingaan Mokebe, both of Muvhango, and Ronnie Nyakale of Yizo Yizo fame.

Pupils spent the better part of yesterday listening to speeches by their idols.

Sebogodi said perseverance, dedication and hard work had always been "the mother of success".

He said problems at the school should not deter the pupils from preparing for their future.

"You must not allow the differences that your parents had stop you from working hard to better your lives," said Sebogodi, who comes from one of the dusty villages situated not far away from the school.

Nyakale, popularly known as "Papa Action", advised the pupils to consult their teachers each time they encountered problems.

Event coordinator Mpho Tsedu praised teachers who had been through "thick and thin with the pupils when the school was dysfunctional".

"We want you to prove to all the doubting Thomases that in spite of the untenable situation you have experienced throughout the year, your hard work and perseverance will finally pay off when the matric examination results are released," Tsedu said.

The school's problems started on April 28 after the governing body clashed with teachers over the appointment of an acting principal.

This allegedly happened after the school governing body (SGB) suggested that Jonas Rampedi become the acting principal. He is a member of both the Zion Christian Church and the Professional Educators Union.

This did not go down well with some of the teachers because they wanted a member of the South African Democratic Teachers Union to act in the position.

As a result of their differences, the SGB allegedly dismissed 15 teachers from the school after accusing them of "Playing Truant". A day later, 24 other teachers also left the school in solidarity with their dismissed colleagues.


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