‘Studying is our secret to good results’
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.