She said sex at a younger age destroys a whole career, particularly to girls.
Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has warned kids returning to school this week that if they began engaging in sexual affairs at this age they stand to ruin their own future.
Tsipane said it was mostly a burden for girls who will have to give birth, begin to parent and have their focus taken away from school.
She addressed two school assemblies on Wednesday 15 January 2020 in the Middelburg area and handed out presents, which included a brand new car, to the best performing matriculants “who put Mpumalanga on the map”.
She told the girls that a boy “will tell you that he loves you today, then impregnate you and then leave you for another curvaceous girl. That time he had wasted your time as a pupil”.
“So don’t allow it. Also you boys don’t be tempted. Treat them as your sisters and make sure we all become the future of South Africa through education,” Tsipane said when she addressed pupils at Hoërskool Middelburg Wednesday morning.
Tsipane, accompanied by education MEC Bonakele Majuba, Middelburg mayor Tsietsi Tolo, Parliamentarian Bongani Bongo and other government officials, visited Bankfontein Combined School, Mpumalanga’s best performing public school and then later to Hoërskool Middelburg.
Tsipane congratulated the class of 2019 that made Mpumalanga proud with a 80.3% pass rate, an increase from 2018’s 79%.
She said the future of South Africa relied on them and everything was possible as long as they commit to their studies.
Tsipane said as government they will continue to offer support in making sure that children’s rights to learn are fulfilled. She urged parents to play an active role in assisting teachers with the task of educating their kids.
Hoërskool Middleburg matriculants achieved a 100% pass rate in 2017, becoming Mpumalanga’s best performing school.
In 2018 they got another 100% pass rate. In 2019, they dropped to 97.8% and MEC Majuba said as government they are “certain that the Grade 12 class of 2020 will reclaim the glory and achieve a 100% pass rate”.
The school got 12 distinctions in Mathematics and 152 learners met requirements to enter universities.
“The performance of the school is a reflection of the hard work and the dedication of the School Management Team, the school governing body and the support of
the municipality, circuit and the district,” said Majuba.
Bongo said they will make sure while in the constituency office in Middelburg that they support the children go to universities and achieve their dreams.
(edited by ZK)
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