BEC Applauds Sponsors

| May 26, 2015

Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) executive secretary has applauded sponsors who have over the years pledged services and monetary support to the success of the previous annual excellence awards aimed at encouraging and rewarding students who have excelled at the three different levels of education.

Speaking at a fundraiser breakfast seminar hosted by BEC for sponsors and potential sponsors recently, Professor Brian Mokopakgosi said it was commendable that sponsors had continued to support the cause of rewarding students.

“These awards were started with sole purpose of rewarding those that have excelled in the three levels of schools which are primary, junior and secondary school and to also motivate those that are still in school to aim higher,” he said.

He indicated that in the previous years, he has had to address the outcry of weak performances by students and the decline in results.

“Weak performances by students can be explained with a lot of reasons and some of them stem from school environment, home environment, the quality of teachers and the inclusiveness of the curriculum,” he said.

He further said government had seen the need to invest in human capital and promote excellence.

“Our economy has been dependent on minerals for a long time and it is high time that human capital development policies are vigorously rolled out,” he said, adding feedback that BEC had been receiving with regards to students studying abroad was outstanding.

Professor Mokopakgosi also noted that BEC annually required around P1.5million to host the excellence awards and called on more sponsors to come forth.

The BEC Annual Excellence Awards were started in 2010 and in 2011 the Ministry of Education and Skills Development along with Office of the President joined the fray.

Professor Mokopakgosi indicated that BEC was aware of the negative press coverage they had received over the years regarding the decline in students results.

“Some of it has been untrue and not justified, but we are working very hard to make sure that our education standards are where they should be,” he said.

Businessman Seabelo Tlhaselo pledged to transport all recipients of the excellence awards from wherever his buses travel to and within Gaborone from their hotels to the venue of the awards.

Orange Botswana was also applauded for their contribution throughout the years.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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