by Karabo Keepile


Mandisa Marosha comes to the aid of her peers

A helping hand
Student assists her peers

“Having one mission statement will ensure a 100% pass rate.”- Mandisa Marosha, learner from Boitlamo Secondary.

While most matriculants are working hard to ensure they acquire the university entry mark, the RCL secretary, Mandisa Marosha from Boitlamo Secondary School is helping fellow learners to improve their marks.

Being an RCL member was an opportunity to be in power and a platform for fame for the 17 year old, yet today she has learnt that she can use the power she has for positive use and she has changed how she works with other learners, “I have learnt the importance of team work” said Mandisa.

The retreat workshop she attended, hosted by the Kagiso Shanduka Trust has changed how Mandisa conducts herself in her role as the RCL secretary. She has taken it upon herself, together with her RCL team to monitor some of the challenges they are faced with, such as the lack of commitment from the RCL members, the lack of communication between the team as well as the lack of motivation and discipline in their school.

She has found a new purpose in her role, it has become more than just being the RCL Secretary, and she has improved on the effectiveness of her job and has taken the platform her role gives her to motivate other learners to take education very seriously as well as decrease the number of absenteeism and late coming in their school.

Mandisa Marosha is determined to contribute to an improved pass rate at her school by helping other learners with homework and assisting where they need help. Her goal for the last year in school is to see the number of girls in Boitlamo Secondary School pass matric and to decrease the number of teenage pregnancies in her school.

She plans to start a support group at her school which will help learners with the challenges they face outside of school and in turn affect their performance at school.

She joyfully explains how the retreat has made a huge difference in her schooling system, educators and the RCL team are communicating better than before and they are involved at parents meetings.

Her wish is to see unity at her school between educators and learners, and for educators to be able to recognise any obstacle that the learners may encounter during lessons. She expresses her appreciation for the opportunity as it has groomed her into an exceptional learner, “I have become the change I want to see in my school…” Mandisa said.

Mandisa wants to study medicine at the University of Witwatersrand next year. She is determined to take full advantage of what Kagiso Shanduka Trust is offering her and will make it her mission to enlighten other learners as well as the RCL team on the opportunity Kagiso Shanduka Trust is giving their school, she is certain not only of the discernible contribution she will make to the matric pass rate but to the overall school performance.                                             


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