Tsogo Alumni Society

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Is there such a thing as “free education”? – Tshiamo Morokane

This is a submission to the 2016 Tsogo Alumni Society Essay Competition. The essay is the learners work and has gone through some minimal editing for presentation. 

Author: Tshiamo Morokane

Grade: 11D, Tsogo Secondary School

Title: Is there such a thing as “free education”? Could this “free education” be achieved by non-fee paying schools (like Tsogo Secondary) and “free” higher education as espoused by the #FeesMustFall movement?

Nobel Peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, said that “education is the birthright of every child and that the denial of education is totally unacceptable”. He said this in context to the cases of child labour that were prevailing in India and because he saw education as the silver bullet to alleviate this unacceptable situation.

Fees Mus Fall Protests

Fees Must Fall Protests

Many countries across the world agree with Satyarthi, and many who came before him who held the same ideal. Countries like Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Germany, France and Scotland to mention a few have implemented various systems of free education across the different education levels. Some have had the ability to offer this same opportunity to international students as well. Countries like China are taking strides to follow suit as they have also seen the benefits of an educated society. Although the right to education should be a universal entitlement, what does real free education actually cost? How much does it really amount to if we had to count, add and quantify it? I looked up the definition of the word “free” in the dictionary to fully understand what I am writing about. Two definitions stood out for me; “without cost or payment” and “remove something undesirable or restrictive from”. The second definition stood out for me, the most. Maybe the idea of a system of free education as espoused by the #FeesMustFall movement is something that can be achieved in our lifetime; the moment we remove all that restricts our thoughts about this seemingly pie-in-the-sky idealistic system.

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Is there such a thing as “free education”? – Boitshoko Mboweni

This is a submission to the 2016 Tsogo Alumni Society Essay Competition. The essay is the learners work and has gone through some minimal editing for presentation. 

Author: Boitshoko Mboweni

Grade: 10B, Tsogo Secondary School

Title: Is there such a thing as “free education”? Could this “free education” be achieved by non-fee paying schools (like Tsogo Secondary) and “free” higher education as espoused by the #FeesMustFall movement?

There is no such thing as free education and non–fee schools like Tsogo secondary school cannot achieve it, and there is no free higher education as espoused by the # fees must fall movement.

Non – fee schools are in a state of emergency as the buildings are no longer conducive for teaching and learning as they are old and date back to the twentieth century. These schools also lack facilities such as fully functioning school libraries; spacious staff rooms; enough classes, medical rooms and a science lab among other things. This causes hardships when it comes to meeting the curriculum requirements and producing good grades at the end of each academic year.

Fees Mus Fall Protests

Fees Must Fall Protests

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Youth Month Essay Competition 2016 (extended to 24th July)

Learners of Tsogo Secondary School

For youth month, the alumni society is running an essay competition for Tsogo Secondary School Learners (Grade 10 to 12 learners).

Topic

Is there such a thing as “free education”? Could this “free education” be achieved by non-fee paying schools (like Tsogo Secondary) and “free” higher education as espoused by the #FeesMustFall movement?

Rules

– Length: max: 2000 words, minimum 1000 words (c. 2 pages min and 4 pages max)

– Must be in English. Put your name and grade at the beginning of the essay.

– Must be typed. Please email submission (word document/pdf) to secretary@tsogoalumni.org.za

– Entries open June 16th and close on July 18th 2016 (midnight)

– Only open to Grade 10 to 12 learners at Tsogo Secondary School.

Prizes

1st Place – R750

2nd Place – R500

Judging will be done by the Tsogo Alumni Society Executive Committee. Winning essays will be featured on our website.

Sincerely,

Moshabi Pitsoane

on behalf of  Tsogo Alumni Society Exco

2016/06/15

Look Back: #TsogoCareerExpo2016

Tsogo learners and engaged Alumni are our biggest asset. A big thank you to all who made the 2016 Career Expo possible. Organisations, Alumni (who attended/donated), Teachers, Staff and the Learners. View the photo album of the day. Remember to join our mailing list -> http://bit.ly/TsogoList

Tsogo Learners and Engaged Alumni are our biggest Asset. Thank You to all who made this day possible. Teachers,…

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Alumni: Contribute to the 7th Tsogo Career Expo

This is your opportunity to contribute to the Tsogo Alumni Association’s premier event. We have already raised R1,000. We need R6,500 to get to our funding goal of R7,500. All the money raised goes towards:

  • Equipment Rentals (Projectors, Portable Toilets)
  • Snack Packs for Students
  • Refreshments for Speakers, Students and Staff

Bank: First National Bank (FNB)
Account Name: Tsogo High School Alumni Society
Account Number: 62560915773
Account Branch: 250655 or 256505
Donation Reference: Career

No Donation is too small. Single donations, group donations(together with your classmates) are all welcome. Help us make this event a success. Relive last years Career Expo – http://bit.ly/CareerExpo2015Gallery

Latest fundraising status:

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