Retired Lieutenant Colonel Duke Masilo encouraged graduating standard seven pupils to keep up excellent academic performance in order to be educated future leaders.
Speaking at Highridge High English Medium primary school standard seven graduation in Thamaga, Masilo advised the children to work even harder at their junior secondary school level. He told them that even though they were doing well at primary school, the junior certificate is a bit harder to attain and requires people be determined to pass so that they can graduate to a higher level (senior secondary and tertiary).
“Highridge School continues to produce excellent graduates since it was established 11 years ago. It will not be easy to say goodbye to you, as it had been a great journey for both of us. I know that we have faced hardships, many assignments, worked hard and were even able to solve problems but it has been a beautiful journey. As all of you go out to further your education, I urge you to focus on your education and not be distracted by anyone or anything,” he said.
“Do not try to be another person. God made you to
“Be true to yourself and do not do anything that would tarnish the true you. Life is a journey which you determine the course. Take it with a positive attitude,” Masilo advised.
He also encouraged parents to contunue to support their children. He said children need caring and supportive parents and community in order to succeed. He asked them to teach their children botho as it defines one’s family background. Masilo added that after being established 11 years ago, the school’s results continue to be a testimony to the benefits of hard work; and applauded the school’s community work in Thamaga. The school’s principal, Bridget Bwalya, told the audience that working with the children has been an awesome experience, even though it was not all rosy. She thanked teachers for their dedication and passion in their work and in ensuring that Highridge pupils excel in their education.