Chobe Celebrates Excellence

| May 18, 2015

The Chobe regional labour officer, Mr Luckson Likokoto, says they want their area to be a district of choice and the pride of Botswana, not only in terms of the abundant natural resources but in academic excellence where other districts would benchmark for the best practices.

Mr Likokoto said this during the Ministry of Education and Skills Development regional excellence awards.

He urged all people to buy into the noble dream so that Chobe becomes an academic hub, stating that to realize their dream, they need to move from business as usual and do extra ordinary things.

Furthermore, he explained that the 2014 Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) results indicated that Chobe obtained an average of 68 percent ABC pass rate as compared to 72.2 percent in 2013, which shows a decline of four percent.

He congratulated Kavimba and Noka ya Botshelo Primary Schools for obtaining position one in the region at 100 percent ABC pass.

Mr Likokoto also stated that the junior certificate results shows a different picture from the PSLE, as the pass rate in 2013 was at 32 percent and in 2014, it was 34.7 percent, an increase of 2.7 percent.

He said the ministry has introduced reception classes since 2013 to date and Chobe has five primary schools with such classes.

Also, he explained that Chobe region has for the first time in this country, introduced what they call silent dropouts this initiative has strategies such as establishing family settings in learning institutions.

He said they have also invested in the employees, including teachers by training them in smart work ethics and to date, 129 employees have been trained.

Mr Likokoto said that awards are not only obtained through hard work but also having the right attitude.

He said an area of concern is vandalism in schools as students vandalize government property and this is costing huge sums of money.

Mr Likokoto explained that the region has introduced a concept called collective responsibility, where if no student comes forward to report any vandalized property, all will have to bear the cost of maintenance and the rule is you break you pay.

He urged teachers to teach students, treat them all with respect and equality, noting that in a great teacher’s classroom, each pupil’s idea and opinions are valued, students feel safe to express their feelings and learn to respect and listen to others.

Mr Vincent Sign, a teacher at Kavimba primary was given an award for being the best among all employees as he has helped the school to obtain 100 percent ABC pass in PSLE for 2014.

Omogolo Rephatlaletse from Chobe Junior Secondary School scoped best overall student in Junior Certificate Examinations (JCE) for 2014.

The Best overall student in the region also in PSLE was Boitshwarelo Otsile of Plateau primary.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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