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- As general performance in the region improves
Of the five top performing government primary schools in the 2022 Primary School Leaving Examinations results in the North West region, three are from remote areas that are usually faced with challenges of services and infrastructure.
The top performing schools in the district are Sankoyo Primary School with 91.7% (Sankoyo), Kajaja Primary School recording 88.9 (Kajaja)%, Sekgoma Primary School standing at 87.0% (Maun), Kubung Primary School with 86.8% (Maun) and Kathiana Primary School recorded 82.4% (Etsha).
In an interview, BOSETU Publicity Secretary Bonolo Sebadieta applauded that teachers in the region have shown commitment and team work to ensure that the children produce good results. He noted that the teachers more especially those in remote area schools have close ties with their supervisors and that they also work extra hours to deliver on their mandate.
Sebadieta stated that the overall performance of the schools in the region has shown a great improvement as compared to last year.
Meanwhile, Sebadieta lamented that there are some challenges that are still facing the schools in the region more especially those in remote areas which restricts teachers from going an extra mile.
“Some of the teachers working in remote areas have not been paid their Remote Area Service Allowance (RASA) for more than two years and that demoralise them from performing work diligently,” he highlighted.
Sebadieta added that in some areas teachers live in fear of wild animals, where their teaching schedules get affected.
Furthermore, he said the region also has high numbers of temporary teachers, some of whom have been on temporary basis for years without being appointed to be substantive teachers.
Giving remarks on their PSLE results, Sankoyo Primary School Keratwe Ntwaagae said through their determination and the continued support from the parents they managed to scoop position one in North West Region.
This she said is despite their performance having declined this year from 100% of 2021 to 91.7%. She said that one of the beneficial strategies include hosting prize giving ceremony to motivate and encourage the students to do well in their studies.
Ntwaagae stated that in last year’s PSLE they had a total of 12 students who settled for the exams and among them one got grade A, four recorded grade B, six got grade C and one grade D. She said that the 8.3% decline was caused by the fact that the students who settle for the examinations annually differ in terms of their level of intelligence.
For her part, Kajaja Primary School Head, Doreen Makgobi revealed that one of their strategies was the use of English as a medium of communication among the standard 2 to standard 7 classes, which she says bears fruits.
Makgobi added that they also have weekly tests that are meant to ensure regular monitoring of the students’ performance. More to that, she said the collaboration between teachers and parents has also yielded good results and through it they allow the parents to visit the class in order to monitor the students.
According to Makgobi, they had 22 students who settled for the examinations and among them four are on grade A, six stand at grade B, recorded eight C’s and two D’s.
Kajaja Primary School has recorded an 88.9% pass rate in 2022 PSLE results compared to the 100% recorded in 2021. Makgobi revealed that the decline was caused by the fact that there were some of the students who had intellectual challenges.