Kareng — Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) has entered into a three-year partnership with Kareng Primary School in the North West District through the Adopt-a-School initiative in an effort to improve the standard of learning.
BSE adopted the school under the: Dipoelo programme and donated textbooks worth P30 000 and a 4-in-1 photocopying machine.
Speaking during the ceremony on February 16, BSE CEO, Mr Thapelo Tsheole said the move was an effort to improve the schools’ declining results.
He explained that they had adopted two schools being Kareng and Metsimantsho Primary School in the Ghanzi District as both schools managed to submit sound proposals out of 64 primary schools who tried their luck.
It was reported that BSE floated an expression of interest inviting government primary schools to submit proposals requesting for the adoption.
Mr Tsheole said BSE was keen to play a key role in promoting and enhancing quality education in the country.
He thanked Kareng school for coming forth, saying their efforts were a clear indication that the school needed assistance to produce quality learners.
He revealed that their partnership would last for only three years starting this year until 2023, adding that their aim was not only to assist the school with resources to improve performance, but they also intended to motivate and mould pupils into responsible citizens.
He cited that they once adopted Kanngwe Primary School in the southern region, which had a pass rate of 43 per cent in 2017, noting that since their partnership, the school improved and attained 87 per cent pass.
He appreciated that Kareng school was under performing and hoped together with the village leadership and staff, they would turn things around and ensure pupils excel in their studies at the end of the partnership.
“At times we do not need to give out gifts to pupils, but we just need to mentor to give them hope and motivate them to take their studies seriously.
Through our concerted efforts, I am hopeful that we can bring forth good results,” he added.
BSE head of market development, Ms Thapelo Moribame concurred that the company was committed to enhancing the education system. She believed that the donations would make a huge difference and promote effective teaching and learning. She also revealed that the company had a lot to offer in the pipeline, citing internet accessibility, among others.
Chief education officer, Mr Mosebi Molapisi thanked BSE for adopting Kareng school, which he said had been under performing for the past 10 years.
He also appreciated the school management for making efforts to transform the image of the school and produce quality learners. He urged them to double their efforts in order to bring expected results out of the partnership.
He urged parents to play their part in the children’s education in order for the partnership to bear fruits.
The school head, Mr Mosobetwane Sephatonyane admitted that the school’s performance was unsatisfactory and hoped through the partnership, things would change for the better.
The school admits pupils from various settlements around Kareng and the school head, who came on transfer last year, vowed to join forces with his staff and make history.
The school attained 33 per cent pass rate in the Primary School Leaving Examination with one A, nine Bs, 27 Cs, 52 Ds and 20 Es.
The area councillor, Mr Petros Tjetjoo thanked BSE for the noble gesture and assured them that they would strive to be amongst the top 10 schools in terms of performance.
Source : BOPA