As the Bitou Municipality, we take a keen interest in the education of our children. This is why; I feel a sense of pride when I look at the performance of the Plettenberg Bay “Class of 2019” during the final grade 12 results. All three high schools in our town achieved above 80% pass rates. Wittedrift High School achieved a 100% pass rate. Murray High and Plett Secondary Schools did not disappoint by achieving 82.4% and 93% respectively. Both Murray High and Plett Secondary Schools improved on their performance from 2018.
On behalf of the entire Bitou Council, Management and staff, I want to praise all the learners that sat for the exams. It has been a very tough journey. There were times that the road was so tough and some of those that you started your journey with, for various reasons, dropped out. Despite all the obstacles, you kept focus on the bigger goal of completing your high school education.
To those that achieved success in the exams, I wish you well in the new journey you are about to embark upon. Your journey does not end with your Grade 12 Certificate but it starts with that. You now have achieved a master key that can open different doors and the choice is yours. By now, I am sure that you have a fair idea where you want to go. As you set off on your new journey, you must be aware that you represent yourself, your parents, teachers as well as the community you come from.
The doors of learning are not yet as open as we hoped it would be. Many of you that has the ambition to access institutions of higher learning might not be able to due to financial constraints. However, we urge you to make use of the various sources of funding that is available to assist students. There are sources from both the Private and Public Sectors and includes the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). The Bitou Mayoral Bursary Fund is also available and the closing date for applying is 17 January 2020.
I want to appeal to all the learners that did not make it through to not lose hope. Some of the most successful people in this world stumbled many times before they achieved success. Be proud of coming this far and let that inspire you to stand up from this setback with more determination to succeed. I appeal to all these learners not to even think negatively about this and focus on improving, as there are still many opportunities in front of you. Joe Mari Fadrigalan, once said, “Do not hide yourself. Stand up, keep your head high and show them what you got.
Lastly, I cannot forget to thank the Educators for their dedication and hard work that led to this achievement. Your role does not end here because you still have many learners that are lining up to drink from your well of knowledge and skills. Keep up the good work.
Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts”
Issued by Bitou Communications on Behalf of Executive Mayor: Councillor Peter Lobese
Date: 08 January 2020Last published 12 August 2020