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Sankoyo Primary School and Maitlamo Junior School recently got a resounding appreciation from local authorities in the district for their academic excellence in the 2022 final examinations.
The appreciation ceremony, organised by the North West District Council (NWDC) leadership in collaboration with Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) was meant to celebrate and award the schools as a way to recognise their teachers’ efforts in order to motivate them to go an extra mile and gain further excellence.
Sankoyo attained 92 per cent overall pass rate in last year’s Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) surpassing all other primary schools in the North West region while Maitlamo scored 50 per cent pass rate in the Junior Certificate Examinations (JCE).
Giving a keynote address at the ceremony, NWDC chairperson Kebareeditse Ntsogotho revealed that they have taken a deliberate decision to always recognise and appreciate outstanding achievements to motivate the achievers across all sectors.
“We have to acknowledge the immense contribution by teachers and pupils of Sankoyo Primary School for their academic excellence through hard work and determination. This is despite the challenges of travelling long distances by teachers from Maun on bad road conditions and lack of services as compared to their counterparts in towns and cities,” he said.
He also acknowledged Maitlamo teachers’ efforts and encouraged them to continue working hard to improve their performance at least to 60-70 percent.
Furthermore, Ntsogotho also appreciated WUC’s contribution in the awards, adding that positive involvement of stakeholders in the education of children cannot be over emphasised.
“We need partners like WUC for the education sector to do well especially in the NWDC region where students are not performing well and this council need partners like them to be able to help others spheres of local development in the region,” he said
For his part, WUC Director for Strategy and Corporate Affairs Peter Sedingwe appreciated the NWDC for recognising them in the education sector development of the region. He said investing in education is crucial for the realisation of government aspiration of a knowledge based economy.
Sedingwe said as a teacher, he knows the challenges that teachers have in schools especially in the outskirts areas like Sankoyo where there are challenges of electricity, water, internet and rife issues of indiscipline in schools. He commended the school that despite the challenges, they managed to make it among the best in the country.
The two schools’ headmasters also appreciated the recognition from the as well as thanking the regional educational director, Veronica Mochotlhi for supporting them in all they do at their respective schools.
Maitlamo Junior Secondary School head Selebatso Modisaemang revealed that they have a new target of 60% or more for this year’s JC examinations adding that they have plans and strategies set to make sure that the target is attainable.
“We are progressing well in terms of teachers, parents and students’ academic engagements so that we can all move together and achieve this target,” she said.