18 June 2019

Botswana: Kwerepe Appreaciates Mogonye Teachers, Stakeholders

Mogonye — Assistant Minister of Basic Education Mr Thato Kwerepe has applauded Mogonye Primary School teachers and other stakeholders for an upward trend in performance.

Mr Kwerepe said in a statement delivered by the director in the Department of Basic Education Mr Ndondo Koolese during the school's victory party for 2018 school leavers over the weekend, that he was delighted that the school's performance had improved from 61 per cent in 2016 and 76 in 2017 to 95 per cent in 2018.

He said learners were the building blocks for the future, therefore it was crucial for them to be rewarded to reinforce a culture of hard work and excellence.

The performance has perched the school at the top of Moshupa sub-region and second spot in the Southern region.

Mr Kwerepe, also MP for Ngami, argued that inevitably, the natural diamonds the nation was best known for would get depleted at some point, therefore it was crucial to create 'human resource diamonds' which would be marketable across the world forever. To this end, he shared that government had pledged to increase investment in education.

The investment, he explained, would produce a human resource that would drive growth across all sectors of the economy and sustain the latter for generations to come.

The assistant minister revealed that cabinet had approved the Education and Training Sector Strategic Plan, which would bring about fundamental transformation in the education sector.

He said outcome-based curriculum and multiple pathways were key deliverables of the plan, adding that the spirit of the plan was to make Batswana students globally competitive and fit for the diverse demands of regional and international markets.

However, he acknowledged that in order to produce what he described as the 21st century learner, teachers, being agents of curriculum implementation and quality education, should be supported.

He said support could even be in the form of motivation to propel them to play their role effectively.

He said teachers' contribution could never be overlooked, adding, 'I'm glad that teachers are also being awarded prizes here'.

Mr Kwerepe has meanwhile, called for concerted efforts among teachers, parents and learners to make academic excellence a reality.

He stressed that parental participation in academic activities was a surefire factor, which could push children to do their best.

He furthermore urged those who did not receive prizes on the day not to despair, but put a bit more effort until the results showed up.

Chief education officer for Moshupa sub region, Mr Monty Rakgabo said credit should always be given where it was due.

He said they were driven by the fact that rewarding good performers would go a long way to inspire a thousand other teachers and learners across the length and breadth of the nation to work hard.

"If you did well, we encourage you to keep working hard, if you did not do that well, we also encourage you to work even harder until the results come," Mr Rakgabo said.

School head, Ms Violet Majagoba attributed the performance to team work, commitment from teachers and cooperative efforts from parents.

She said the teachers persevered in the face of challenges, revealing that two of the eight classes were taught in an open teaching space.

Ms Majagoba said teachers started work earlier than usual to attend reading sessions and sometimes come to school for remedial classes on weekends without asking for overtime pay.

"We are driven by the desire to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, not a desire to be recognised," she said.

Class teacher for the top achievers, Ms Gosatla Mathuba shared that her recipe for success was commitment and willingness to go the extra mile.

She said she set each learner achievable targets and rewarded them for every sign of improvement, every step of the way, from her own pocket.

Ms Mathuba also said she mixed fun with business, "I divided learners into teams and used past exam papers for revision.

Teams would compete in answering questions and the losing side would sweep the classroom the whole week, which added a bit of fun to the exercise," she said.

She also commended Mogonye parents for their support and involvement in their children's education, saying they prepared meals for weekend classes.

She most of all thanked Ms Majagoba for 'her faith in me' and the support she rendered.

"She believed in me even when I doubted myself," she said.

Ms Mathuba won herself a certificate and P500 prize money, while each learner received a certificate and a blanket.

Rapula Semele received Best of the Best trophy sponsored by Mogonye Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Source : BOPA

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