6 June 2018

Botswana: Mokgothu, Bakwena Motivate Mphuthe Staff

Letlhakeng — In an effort to help turn around the academic fortunes of Mphuthe Junior Secondary School in Letlhakeng, management continues to organise motivational talks for both students and teachers.

In the latest stakeholders' talk, former minister and MP for the area Mr Boometswe Mokgothu implored teachers not to allow their differences to impede service delivery.

He said differences could not be avoided in the line of duty adding that the best way was to iron them out before they negatively impacted on the performance of the school.

Mr Mokgothu, who was one of those who advocated for the setting up of the school when junior seccondary schools were still run by communities, gave the background of what he termed the painful struggle they went through to ensure its establishment.

He therefore said students should always be reminded of the school's history for them to appreciate its significance and of education in general.

"As the highest institute of learning in Letlhakeng, all should be done to preserve the pride of this school," he said.

Mr Mokgothu also reminded the teachers that they had the responsibility of instilling discipline in students through all cultural means necessary.

"Students are the future of our country. It is upon you as teachers to ensure that you bring the best out of them because in future we will hold you accountable if they turn out to be bad national leaders," he said.

Mr Mokgothu also pledged his support and availability to the school management whenever needed.

Another speaker, former Directorate of Public Service Management director, Ms Festinah Bakwena expressed appreciation for the teamwork displayed by the staff of the school and encouraged them to keep it up.

"As a diversity of personalities you obviously have different talents and such teamwork would enable your talents to complement each other for the benefit of the whole, which is the academic performance of the school," she said.

Ms Bakwena expressed concern about the poor academic performance of the school which stood at 25 per cent pass in the last Junior Certificate examinations.

She pleaded with the teachers and management to work harder to ensure they achieved their set target of 45 per cent quality pass.

She said it was a good thing that the school had already identified some of the impediments to good academic performance and pledged her support to help turn its fortunes around.

To nip the problem of poor performance in the bud, support should start from primary schools in the catchment area as they were the feeders to the junior school.

For his part, the school head, Mr Meshack Sechele earlier said they were worried by the poor academic performance of the school hence the need to constantly motivate both the staff and students.

He said they found it fit to involve high profile elders in the area as they had both the experience and expertise to assist.

Moreover they have shown interest in working with the management, he said.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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