Mp Maele Acts To Breath Life To Ailing Lesenepole Schools

MP Prince Maele addressing stakeholders at Lesenepole
MP Prince Maele addressing stakeholders at Lesenepole

LESENEPOLE: Member of Parliament (MP) for Lerala/Maunatlala constituency, Prince Maele has vowed to ensure that Lesenepole Primary School and Bakgopeng Junior Secondary School improve their results which have shown a serious decline over the past years.

Maele who summoned the village leadership, education officers, teachers, parents and students to a Maduo Pitso on Friday  last week, expressed serious concern over the two schools’ results saying last year the primary school was the last amongst all the schools in the region with only 51.7 percentage pass while the junior school got  a dissapointing 29.8 percentage pass.

The area MP guaranteed the school that he will be visiting them every  quarter  to conduct meetings with the schools, Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and the village leadership and will need a report on the progress of the schools’ academic results.

A confident Maele says his  efforts to  work with poor performing schools in the region in recent years benefited a Goosekgweng Primary  school which used to be in a similar conundrum, but is now amongst the best in the country with a 92.3% pass . Maele  was upbeat that  with the same determination from all concerned stakeholders, including parents and teachers, such a feat  would not be beyond the two Lesenepole schools.

Maele who openly confirmed his support for the motion that pupils must repeat standard four and seven said in the past learners managed to do well because they were ashamed of repeating standards.

Meanwhile, the legislator pleaded with parents to support their children by taking care of them at home and assisting them with assignments to ensure that teachers also do not struggle in doing their job. He said children must be reinforced positively in order for them to impress.

On their part the schools’ leadership also shared the same sentiments that the schools were in a bad state as far as academic results were concerned, however they couldn’t clearly indicate what was the root cause of the issue.

Lesenepole Primary School Head, Segametsi Marumo said for the past years they have also been looking for the solution to the problem but in vain.  She said it was a pity because it was not just the PSLE results which were poor  as the problem was across the board.

Though she said she could not blame shortage of  resources as one of the problems as it is a countrywide problem, she said it somehow affects them.

Lack of cooperation amongst teachers and parents was also said  to be a matter of concern as well  as young parents who abandon their children with their grandparents who cannot assist them with home works. She decried that some parents fail to even come to schools  or  bring their children’s birth certificates when requested to do so.

Bakgopeng deputy school head, Ontsheletse Pitso said the results needed cooperation  of  all stakeholders concerned. He said they have introduced groups for learners to work together in trying to solve the situation.

However they he said they were still hindered by teachers working hours as they normally need their supervision of the groups.

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