uThukela District prays for matriculants to do well in their final exams

Learners and teachers from different schools at the prayer session

uThukela District Municipality, in partnership with the Department of Education, organised a mass matric examination prayer that was held at the Indoor Sports Complex on Wednesday.

The prayer was aimed at bringing matriculants closer to God as examination time approaches.

Schools from all three local municipalities were bused in to attend this important sermon.

The district municipality has organised these kinds of prayers for the past few years now. According to uThukela, there is a spirit of oneness among schools, learners and educators during these events. Prayers like these are normally held at the beginning of the year, as well as towards the end of the year.

Speaking at the event, uThukela District Mayor Siphiwe Mazibuko told the audience that it is important that society place more value on education. “Education is a pillar of our life as a society and without education, we are nothing,” said the mayor.

He made reference to Emnambithi Primary School in Steadville as one of the oldest schools in the district, yet people tend to undermine such schools with such a rich history.

The mayor also encouraged people who can afford to invest in schools to extend a helping hand. He acknowledged challenges faced by educators in schools on a daily basis.

“We understand the challenges and frustrations that are associated with the work of educators. We must thus thank them for their efforts in educating our nation in spite of all challenges,” the mayor added.

He went on to say that educators work hard, yet they are not appreciated. He said society needs to change its attitude towards educators and not make family problems an added responsibility for educators.

Cllr Mazibuko then pleaded with the learners to respect and listen to their teachers so they can achieve their goals in life.

He said exam time is the time to test how much knowledge the learner has acquired throughout the year. He then wished them well in their exams.

After all the speeches, servants of God – Pastor JD Shabalala and Pastor G Nzama – brought everyone back to the essence of the day, which was the Word of God and prayers. They requested that parents also pray for their children during this crucial period.

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