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1 300 teachers graduate at LCE

’Mantoetse Maama

MASERU — The Lesotho College of Education (LCE) awarded certificates and diplomas in early childhood, primary and secondary education to over 1 300 graduates on Friday. However, their hopes of becoming teachers might soon be dashed because there are no vacancies in many schools. Education Minister ’Makabelo Mosothoane told the graduates that she was worried that they “might end up walking up and down seeking jobs”.

Mosothoane said her ministry has a huge number of qualified teachers who do not have jobs. “One of the challenges facing my ministry is that a high number of qualified teachers do not have jobs,” Mosothoane said.
“At the same time there are people in our schools who neither have a teaching qualification nor are enrolled with any of the college programmes to upgrade their qualifications,” she said.

“Therefore, together we will have to address this challenge soonest to create teaching spaces for qualified teachers. “Some of these are graduating today.” She said dealing with this challenge will require the concerted efforts of all stakeholders, including school management committees and boards. “I note that there are graduates in Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education programmes.

“I look forward to your registration and employment in the teaching services,” she said. The LCE Rector, John Oliphant, said 15 students had failed to graduate because the college is investigating allegations that they faked their high school certificates. Oliphant also said financial problems had forced the college to cut some educational programmes.

The students’ representative, Katleho Mosotho, said he was thankful that the college managed to teach them using modern day tools despite working on a low budget.

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