Botswana: Poor Results Attributable to Student Transfers

Lobatse — Loss of capable learners due to transfers contribute to poor academic performance of Good Hope Senior Secondary School, says chief education officer Ms Ruth Matlhape says.

Ms Matlhape, who was briefing the Good Hope sub district council meeting on May 21, said the school lost many academically gifted students every year because parents preferred to other schools.

"One of the factors which lead to non-performance at Good Hope is that parents transfer many students with potential for good grades from Good Hope to other schools.

The school is then left with many students who need to be pushed hard, making it difficult to attain higher marks compared to other schools," said Ms Matlhape.

Good Hope Senior Secondary School attained the lowest position out of 34 schools in Botswana last year with a 10.92 percentage pass rate.

Furthermore, she said student indiscipline was also among the contributing factors to the school's poor academic performance.

Some students, she said, were caught in the past engaged in love affairs while others were caught using drugs.

The chief education officer said the school was working hard to address indiscipline.

"Indiscipline should be addressed in order for performance to improve since good performance goes hand in hand with good conduct," she said.

Councillor for Mabule/ Sekhutlane, Mr Moses Semang urged teachers to closely monitor students on a daily basis to ensure that they took their education seriously.

Nominated councilor, Mr Lucky Kgengwenyane on advised the school management and parents to enforce strict disciplinary measures to deal with wayward students.

Ms Matlhape explained that the school had in the past suspended uncontrollable students as a way of enforcing discipline.

She said indiscipline persisted in spite of such interventions.

Gamolopo councillor, Ms Dorah Pandor said lack of devotion to the teaching profession by some teachers was also to blame for the problem of poor performance.

She further said bad attitude of some students towards their education also resulted in poor grades.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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