Walking into the Department of Education’s head office on Monday one could have been forgiven for thinking that one had landed in the midst of a school function. Staff members wearing the uniforms of many different schools walked around in corridors and sat behind their desks.
They were in reality supporting the ‘Dinaledi tse gadimang’ or ‘Shining Stars Matric Mondays’ initiative to urge communities to allow learners to approach and sit for the final examinations without any distractions or disturbances.
The campaign was launched by Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe in Praktiseer in the Greater Tubatse area last week. Accompanied by Head of Department Beauty Mutheiwana, Kgetjepe introduced the campaign that aims to encourage the broader community, including the political leadership of Government, Legislature, government officials, taxi drivers, education ambassadors, to wear school uniform on Mondays in order to profile education as a societal issue that requires for boundaries to be pushed back in order to produce quality education.