It’s an honor to be a founding member of Royal College Schools in South Africa. Just three years ago, Royal College was just an idea awaiting inception. But today, thanks to the hard work of determined, innovative founders and some very committed educators and students, Royal College is a fully fledged educational institution registered by department of Basic Education to run independent and private Primary and High Schools across the country.
“I’m here to congratulate Royal College upon this achievement, but also to hold up this school and these students as an example of what’s possible in education if we’re willing to break free from the tired thinking but have the courage willingness to give our children the best possible chance in life at this defining moment in our history, they have never needed that chance more, Education is the currency of the Information Age, no longer just a pathway to opportunity and success but a prerequisite.
We don’t have to accept South Africa where we do nothing about one million students who are reading below their grade level, we don’t have to accept South Africa where only 20% of our students are prepared to pass, math and science in grade 12
We don’t have to accept a South Africa where we do nothing about the fact that half of all teenagers are unable to understand basic fractions. Yet we know that over 80% of the fastest-growing jobs require a knowledge base in math and science. This kind of South Africa is morally unacceptable for our children.
We are the nation that has always understood that our future is inextricably linked to the education of our children all of them. We are the country that has always believed in Nelson Mandela’s declaration that “talent and virtue, needed in a free society, should be educated regardless of wealth or birth. That is why we as Royal College believe it is time to lead a new era of mutual responsibility in education, one where we all come together for the sake of our children’s success.
As CEO, I will work with our management, parents, students and educators to create an environment where we provide quality education that our children will need to compete in a 21st century.
I would like to assure all our parents from the moment your children step into our classroom, the single most important factor in determining their achievement is not the color of their skin or where they come from. It’s not who their parents are or how much money they have. It is their teacher who is prepared to stay past the last bell and spends their time helping the students to perform best in their respective subjects.
This is the commitment I make to our parents. Bring your children to Royal College where we provide quality education with possibilities
Message to students
This message is so important for students. We can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Its responsibility each of you has for your education. The circumstances of your life is no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude
That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book… Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it.
No one’s born being good at things; you become good at things through hard work, You have to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.