The initiative by Botswana Public Employees Union(BOPEU) to adopt Lotsane Senior Secondary School in Palapye has started bearing fruit as the school celebrates ranking in the Top 10 best performers this year.
Lotsane Snr on Friday held a Victory Celebration in which BOPEU which has taken the school under its wing since 2011 awarded prizes for best performing students and teachers during the 2014 Botswana General Certificate Secondary Examinations (BGCSE) results. The event was graced by among others, Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Kgotla Autlwetse, BOPEU president Andrew Motsamai , Director of Education; Regional Operations Molebi Morolong , Acting Chief Education Officer; Lefoko Ben, PTA Chairpersons and Executives among others.
As an appreciation for their hard work, 40 students who scored 40 points and above were rewarded with HP laptops loaded with the latest version of windows and antivirus. The recipients were also given bags inscribed Lotsane Top Achievers.
At the same time 12 teachers whose classes scored 90 percent credit passes were also rewarded with HP laptops while the school headmaster and his deputy received iPads for their able management.
Lotsane performed well in the 2014 BGCSE results and they managed to get into Top 10 in the country. The school also produced six students who obtained 48 points with two of them qualifying for the Top achievers Scholarship and one being ranked among the best top 10 students nationally.
Caleb Musekiwa (18) was the best student at the school with 6A*, 3As and a B, thus making 48points and being among the top 10 students nationally. He was seconded by the Serowe born girl Keitumetse Amolemo who also scored 48 points with 4A*s, 4As and 2Bs. Speaking at the ceremony BOPEU President Motsamai said that they came up with such an initiative as a trade union to try and play a role in the education of Batswana children. He called on the business community to likewise, contribute in the education of children.
“We believe education is the key to our economy so by rewarding the children, we are empowering them with knowledge. Our aims are to capacitate the learners as these also help us play a meaningful role in the education of our children. Education plays a pivotal role in the country, so as a trade union that places itself among those striving to transform the power of Botswana, we urge business entity to get into smart partnership to develop the country,” Motsamai said.
Motsamai assured Lotsane Snr that BOPEU shall continue with the initiative as he said their partnership is yielding positive results. He also promised the school that very soon they will have access to internet in the school premises as BOPEU is intending to connect it.
When receiving the awards, Lotsane School head Tshokologo DIneo, expressed deepest appreciation for the massive support that BOPEU is giving his school. He said that the gathering was not only to celebrate the students who excelled but to also celebrate the historic come back of Lotsane into top 10 after a decade of failing to do so. He said the last time the school featured among the best top 10 in the country was in 2005 where it was ranked position 8 with 43.08 percent.
Dineo also thanked other stakeholders; MVA, DEBSWANA, Majoka Hardware and the PTA. He said rewarding the students and teachers for work well done was a form of motivation to them.
He further said that the improvement in the performance of the school was not only noticeable in students, but also in teachers. He said that in 2013, the number of teachers who produced 100 percent credit passes was only six but in 2014 the number increased to 12.