‘Study­ing is our se­cret to good re­sults’

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

TIMPHISINI High Prin­ci­pal Si­fiso Maseko says study­ing is the se­cret to pass­ing ex­am­i­na­tions at his school.

He said the se­cret to them hav­ing four pupils ranked in the top 20 best per­form­ers in Swazi­land for the 2016 Swazi­land Gen­eral Cer­tifi­cate of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (SGCSE) was be­cause the pupils at the school stud­ied at night in well lit class­rooms.

Maseko was speak­ing dur­ing the speech and prize giv­ing day held at the school, where about 75 pupils and 30 teach­ers were awarded with var­i­ous prizes of ex­cel­lence in re­spec­tive cur­ric­u­lar and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

The event was graced by Timphisini Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Ap­ton Ndlovu as well as prin­ci­pals from other sur­round­ing schools in North­ern Hho­hho.

‘”The first thing we did as the school ad­min­is­tra­tion was to have lights in­stalled on school grounds and in the class­rooms. This al­lowed our pupils to come at night and study. Some of the learn­ers would study un­til 2200 hours, and th­ese stu­dents ended up rank­ing high in the top 20 per­form­ers in Swazi­land for the 2016 SGCSE. One of those is now on his way to Rus­sia on a full schol­ar­ship, his name is Mandla Ma­gag­ula and we are proud of him. We thank the par­ents and teach­ers for work­ing to­gether and mak­ing this school the jewel of ex­cel­lence that you see to­day. It is study­ing and not rit­ual killings of an­i­mals like chick­ens and goats that make a pupil pass his ex­am­i­na­tions,” he said.

He added that for the school to con­tinue im­prov­ing, they are cur­rently con­struct­ing toi­lets that would have mir­rors and lights for the pupils.

The prin­ci­pal said in due course, they would have show­ers and board­ing fa­cil­i­ties be­cause more pupils from far away ar­eas want to en­rol at the school.

Maseko said the school was per­form­ing well, and they had re­alised an in­crease in en­rol­ment.

“Also, we have ob­served food short­ages in other schools, but that did not hap­pen here, our pupils are well fed. One of the chal­lenges we have, how­ever, is that our teach­ers are be­ing poached and that is not good for us as a school,” he added.

Mean­while, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Teach­ing Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (TSC) Chair­man Regina Shongwe said the good re­sults at Timphisini High proved that schools in the ru­ral ar­eas could also pro­duce ex­cel­lent pupils.

“We have seen teach­ers be­ing poached from here by other schools that are lo­cated in the var­i­ous towns of Swazi­land, this proves that even ru­ral schools can pro­duce good re­sults. As the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion, we are happy to see teach­ers ex­cel re­gard­less of where they are posted, be­cause a great teacher should per­form well any­where, as long as a child is placed in front of them,” she said.

CUL­TURAL FLAIR: Timphisini High in­gadla team en­ter­tain­ing at­ten­dants of the speech and prize giv­ing day.

RUS­SIA BOUND: For­mer Timphisini High School whiz­zkid Mandla Ma­gag­ula was also present.

GOOD RE­SULTS: TSC rep­re­sen­ta­tive Regina Shongwe with Timphisini MP Ap­ton Ndlovu.

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