Metropoli­tan hon­ours top stu­dents

Lesotho Times - - Business - Retha­bile Pitso

METROPOLI­TAN le­sotho show­ered top-per­form­ing stu­dents and schools in the 2015 aca­demic year with prizes worth M250 000.

The prizes, which were handed over dur­ing a cer­e­mony held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of education and Train­ing on Mon­day, were meant to recog­nise the coun­try’s top aca­demic achiev­ers.

eleven le­sotho Gen­eral Cer­tifi­cate of Sec­ondary Education (LGSCE) stu­dents each re­ceived a lap­top for best per­for­mance, while eight high school each re­ceived M12 000 for best per­for­mance.

The high schools com­prised Methodist High School (Berea), Le­sotho High School (Maseru), Leribe English Medium (Leribe), St Stephens High School (Mo­hale’s Hoek), Hlotse High School (Leribe), Ma­put­soe High School (Leribe), Holy Fam­ily High School (Leribe) and Le­qele High School (Maseru).

LGSCE top three stu­dent Ma­ma­soatsi Pearl Kopeka from Leribe English Medium School and two Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate top three stu­dents Karabo Mary Mo­lapo (from leribe english Medium School) and Th­e­sele Moshoeshoe Jo­hannes (Le­sotho High School) each re­ceived M5 000.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, Metropoli­tan le­sotho’s Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nkau Matete said the ben­e­fit­ting schools were ex­pected to use the M12 000 for sus­tain­able projects.

He said while it was at the dis­cre­tion of each school to de­cide what projects to in­vest the money in, they had to be sus­tain­able, adding that progress would be mon­i­tored.

“We are not only recog­nis­ing the ex­cel­lence of hard­work­ing pupils, but also giv­ing the schools money that should be used for sus­tain­able projects,” he said.

“We are able to con­trib­ute to the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor through the sup­port we re­ceive from the com­mu­ni­ties. Among our most val­ued cus­tomers are teach­ers whose in­vest­ments play an im­por­tant role in the growth of our com­pany. it is through this part­ner­ship with our com­pany that we are able to give back into the education sys­tem.”

in her re­marks, education and Train­ing Min­is­ter dr Ma­hali Phamotse said the govern­ment val­ued part­ner­ships with the pri­vate sec­tor for the bet­ter­ment of the education sec­tor.

“The Min­istry of education and Train­ing un­der the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship has a long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with such or­gan­i­sa­tions as Metropoli­tan le­sotho to recog­nise and ap­pre­ci­ate out­stand­ing stu­dents,” the min­is­ter said, adding that GR Sta­tion­ers were also among the spon­sors.

“Such ini­tia­tives serve the pur­pose of mo­ti­vat­ing the stu­dents to work hard thereby im­prov­ing the qual­ity of education.”

On be­half of the par­ents of the top-per­form­ing stu­dents, Ma­fonti Kopeka lauded the spon­sors for in­cen­tivis­ing the stu­dents to per­form at their best in their stud­ies.

“To the spon­sors, we wish to thank you for the gifts you have pre­sented to the chil­dren. They are not just ma­te­rial gifts but mo­ti­va­tional tools to the learn­ers; both who have ex­celled and to those who will be sit­ting for ex­am­i­na­tions in fu­ture,” she said.

METROPOLI­TAN MD nkau Matete (cen­tre left) and education Min­is­ter Dr Ma­hali Phamotse (cen­treright) with some JC top-per­form­ing stu­dents dur­ing the prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony.

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