Bad weather blocks spell­ing bee

Lesotho Times - - Weekender -

MOKHOT­LONG — The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing yes­ter­day post­poned to next week a spell­ing bee for pri­mary school stu­dents in Mokhot­long due to the high snow­fall in the district that ren­dered many roads im­pass­able.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry’s Ed­u­ca­tion In­spec­tor Motena Mosothoane heavy snow­fall over the week­end had com­pelled them to can­cel the event which was sup­posed to be held at the min­istry’s hall.

A spell­ing bee is a com­pe­ti­tion in which con­tes­tants are asked to spell a broad se­lec­tion of words, usu­ally with a vary­ing de­gree of dif­fi­culty.

She said the de­ci­sion was made for safety rea­sons since the 10 schools that had been lined up for the com­pe­ti­tion were from ar­eas that had re­ceived a lot of snow­fall. Some of the par­tic­i­pat­ing pri­mary schools in­cluded Letšeng, Mateanong, Tše­pong, Li­naka­neng and Jorose.

“Ask­ing the pupils to come from ar­eas packed with snow for the spell­ing bee would have been too risky,” Mosothoane said.

She said some of the par­tic­i­pants were very young and thus vul­ner­a­ble to the cold weather con­di­tions.

“Should the weather con­di­tions im­prove, we are likely to host the com­pe­ti­tion next week.

Apart from the spell­ing bee, the schools were also go­ing to lock horns in a Se­sotho lan­guage de­bate on the topic; “Is it wise to turn agri­cul­tural fields into res­i­den­tial ar­eas”.

The min­istry had con­vened the spell­ing bee and de­bate ses­sion for grade five to seven pupils to se­lect at least six best per­form­ing pupils out of 60 who would rep­re­sent the district at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion sched­uled for Septem­ber.

The spell­ing bee and de­bate ses­sion are be­ing spon­sored by the Spell­ing Bee As­so­ci­a­tion of Le­sotho.

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