“You May Not Steal": President Cyril Ramaphosa Wants Kids to Learn About Corruption in Schools

“You May Not Steal": President Cyril Ramaphosa Wants Kids to Learn About Corruption in Schools

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa wants children to learn about the harm corruption can cause in schools
  • The president also encouraged teachers to help shape school children to stay away from gender-based violence
  • Speaking that the annual Teaching Awards, Ramaphosa also asked teachers to decrease the dropout rate

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JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa is taking his fight against corruption one step further.

He wants South Africa's educational system to including teachings about morals, values of democracy and the harmful impact of corruption.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, Annual teaching awards, school children, dropout rate
President Cyril Ramaphosa wants teachers to keep the school dropout rate at 25%. Image: Deon Raath
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Ramaphosa was speaking at the Annual Teaching Awards in Kempton Park on Wednesday when he stated his desire for teachers to contribute to the raising of children and ensuring that they become good citizens.

The president stated that everyone is taught not to steal from a young age and he wants the same to be done with teachings about corruption, according to EWN. He also added that teachers should also play a role in teaching children not to participate in gender-based violence.

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“You may not steal, you may not lie, and that is inculcated in our heads in our minds, and we know from a very young age," said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa urges teachers to keep the dropout numbers low

During his address, Ramaphosa expressed his concern with the high dropout rate in South Africa. He petitioned teachers to keep the dropout rates below 25%.

He asked teachers to take initiative and track down school kids who drop out and ask them why they are not at school, according to 702. Ramaphosa added that during his campaign trail, he met a lot of families who have children that are no longer in school.

"If they leave school, you must find out why. Is it because you are boring and not exciting?" added Ramaphosa.

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Teachers, according to Ramaphosa, play a critical role in the country's economy and must ensure that pupils complete schooling so that they have a greater chance of getting a quality job later on.

Rmaphosa also applauded teachers that worked extra during the pandemic to ensure that students continued with their studies as well as catered to students that may have been struggling with the new way of school.

Ramaphosa applauds teachers who persisted despite Covid 19: 'We must salute them'

Briefly News previously reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has lauded educators across South Africa for their role in shaping future industry leaders.

Ramaphosa made the utterance during the 21st National Teaching Awards (NTA) held at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park, Johannesburg on Wednesday.

According to EWN, a total of 38 teachers were honoured with awards for their continued excellence during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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He said these educators inspire future leaders who will play an active role in helping to rebuild the country's ailing economy, according to TimesLIVE.

Ramaphosa shed light on the glaring problem of youth unemployment. Zoning in the topical issue, he conceded the country had a major problem with youth unemployment.

Source: Briefly News

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