Tonota — Tonota Sub-district Council has presented a monetary prize to Mr Ernest Masiapeto , who is one of the 11 pupils that attained merit in 2020 Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examination.
Addressing Tonota Sub-district council during appreciation ceremony of the pupil, the sub-council chairperson Mr Christjan Machokoto said Mr Masiapeto's academic excellence made the whole sub-district proud.
Mr Machokoto said the sub-council came to a conclusion to appreciate his effort, encourage him and motivate up-coming learners.
He urged fellow councilors and parents to contribute towards their children's education as well as to mould them into responsible citizen.
Handing over the money to the pupil's mother, Mr Machokoto said the gift would assist in buying necessities such as school uniform.
The recipient Mr Masiapeto, who is a former Rutwang JSS pupil, said he was inspired by a pupil who got merit in 2019 and the learner became his role model.
He said he was also motivated by his mother and his teachers whom he did not want to disappoint given their efforts to assist him.
He advised other pupils to take their studies seriously and to start preparing for examinations well in time.
Quoting one writer who penned that, 'if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail,'Mr Masiapeto said pupils should start studying for their examinations as soon as they start their syllabus and not wait for the examination time as it would be too late.
His mother Ms Keletso Masiapeto, who could not suppress her happiness told the full council meeting how her son made her proud in last year's examination result.
She said although COVID-19 disrupted learning, she ensured that she availed whatever her son needed to realize his dreams.
"At school, there were no material and I assisted him. Even at standard 7, I assisted him and he got position 3 regionally."
Rutwang CJSS School Head Mr Kwenakgolo Tlokwe said on June 16 last year, the youngster promised to attain a merit in his JC examinations, which he fulfilled.
"I went to him and asked what his expectation is and he told me that he promises a high mark," he said.
He said they supported his dreams, adding that at Rutwang CJSS they supported and coached their future celebrities.
The School Head said Mr Masiapeto was a good listener, who did what teachers wanted and formed part of the school's debating team that did well in Namibia in 2019.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>