"We need education. Everyone must be at school".
These are the words of President Jacob Zuma to four learners from schools around Cape Town. He was interacting with the four high school leaners on the eve of his State of the Nation Address in Parliament tomorrow evening. In the State of the Nation Address, the President spells out the government's programme of action or plans for the coming financial year.
The President took time out of his final preparations for the State of the Nation to meet with the excited learners at his official residence in Cape Town. He asked the teenagers to give him ideas on what he should include in his address. The consensus among the four learners was that education ought to form part of the President's address. "Education is the key to success. Everyone knows it," said one learner.
Zuma said he was impressed with learners' suggestions, adding it was possible that he could incorporate some of their ideas into his address, which is watched by millions of South Africans. "Education is one of our five priorities". He had a word of advice for learners who failed Grade 12. "It's not the end of the world if you did not pass matric," he said.