Tshesebe — Teachers have been urged to serve the country with pride and due diligence in order to pave way for future generations.
Giving a keynote address at the North-East District excellence awards in Tshesebe recently, former vice president Dr Kedikilwe said it was commendable that teachers continued to strive for good results despite challenges faced by Botswana due to economic volatility.
Teachers, parents together with communities continued to do well in ensuring that they raised a quality learner, he said.
Dr Kedikilwe said excellence awards should have an impact in the education of children because it gave them hope and courage to strive to do better.
He said the region continued to experience challenges such as learners traveling long distances to schools, water shortages and inadequate of boarding facilities.
Dr Kedikilwe encouraged teachers to shoulder on in spite of the challenges.
He commended the North East region for always finishing at the top from PSLE, JC to BGCSE.
Dr Kedikilwe said Vukwi, Mowana and Matenge obtained a 100 per cent in PSLE while Setlalekgosi, Montsamaisa and Thamani community junior secondary schools finished in the top 10 bracket countrywide.
In BGCSE, he said, Mater Spei College and Masunga Senior Secondary School finished in the second and third positions respectively.
He attributed the region's excellent academic performance to parents' commitment to their children's education.
Dr Kedikilwe encouraged Batswana to not only compete amongst themselves but also to produce learners who would vie against the rest of the world.
He said this years' theme, "Digital learning: a pathway to a knowledge based society", was fitting because the world had become a global village.
Learners nowadays accessed information through technology and therefore called on them to use it for their benefit, he said.
He encouraged parents to continue working with teachers.
"It is our duty as parents to raise you in a good path with good manners and values," he said.
The motivational speaker for the day, renowned broadcaster Mr Justice Gaolekwe stressed the importance of education.
He encouraged learners to adapt to new situations and environment and to build good character while still young.
Mr Gaolekwe said education without good character was meaningless.
"Botho is very important and every Motswana should possess this at a young age," he said.
In his remarks the Director Regional operations- North-East Mr Labane Mokgosi said since 2011, the region had obtained position one in PSLE except in 2018 while in JC it alternated between positions one and two.
Mr Mokgosi stated that during the public convention 10 employees from North East scooped awards which was commendable.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>