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Pupils, educators and parents pray amid matric examination commencement

For the longest time, Botebo-Tsebo Secondary School has been plunged into darkness following their transformer vandalism.

SEBOKENG – For the first time this year, the school got their electricity back on Wednesday last week, after struggling for months on end.

Now, the pupils, teachers and parents gathered at Saul Tsotetsi sports complex in Zone 14 to pray for light on their examinations from God.

HARD IN PRAYER: Botebo-Tsebo Secondary School Matriculants together with their educators and parents gathered at Saul Tsotetsi Sports Complex to pray for their matric examinations as they commence on Monday. Photo: Sifiso Jimta.

On Friday,28 October, 2022, scores convened a prayer and candle lighting session as pupils are set to kick off their final exams.

Song, connecting with God, prayer and worshipping was order of the day.

Speaking to Sedibeng Ster following the session, Langa Ndaba principal at the school explained the main purpose of the ceremony.

“We organized a candle light ceremony for our Grade 12 learners and the main purpose was to ask God to be with us our pupils will be starting with their exams on Monday. Throughout the year, the school has been without light (electricity) and on Wednesday lights were brought back. Now that Eskom light is back, we are asking God to give our learners a clear light,” he said.

HARD IN PRAYER: Botebo-Tsebo Secondary School Matriculants together with their educators and parents gathered at Saul Tsotetsi Sports Complex to pray for their matric examinations as they commence on Monday. Photo: Sifiso Jimta.

Ndaba said pupils face many challenges during exams and prayer is the only trust they have for a stress-free exam.

“We are delighted and grateful for the support we’ve received from parents and the support is tremendously confidence-giving one can say,” he added.

One of the top achieving pupil at the school, Bongani Ntshumayelo, said prayer is his only hope to overcome bad things during his exams.

“Prayer is everything to me. Everything that I have overcome and achieved; I’ve done it through prayer. So today is all about asking for more blessings from God,” he said.

HARD IN PRAYER: Botebo-Tsebo Secondary School Matriculants together with their educators and parents gathered at Saul Tsotetsi Sports Complex to pray for their matric examinations as they commence on Monday. Photo: Sifiso Jimta.

Matshidiso Kosana, mother to Mamorena Ntahane, a grade 12 pupil said “we thank God for the protection he bestowed on our children and teachers thus far. We learnt some time ago that the school performance hasn’t been good since 2017, however 2022 looks promising”.

“Prayer is our last hope that these children can achieve even better pass rate than the others from different years, hence we supported the prayer session,” she said.

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