Maseru — Moeketsi Majoro, the Minister of Development Planning, yesterday urged graduates to use the skills they acquired at Lerotholi Polytechnic to create jobs and not wait to be employed by the government.
Over 500 graduates were awarded certificates and diplomas in different programmes at the 15th graduation ceremony of the Lerotholi Polytechnic (LP) in Maseru yesterday.
Speaking at the ceremony Majoro said the kind of training that the institution offers should nurture an entrepreneurship talent that will enable Basotho children to participate in the development of the country’s economy.
“LP is renowned for the good quality of its graduates who are expected to not only seek for jobs but to also be job creators,” he stated.
He said all stakeholders that include government, private sector, institutions of higher learning and students should come together and ensure that the country develops through utilisation of skills that will make Lesotho a better place by achieving its National Development Strategic Plan as well as the National Vision 2020.
He commended LP for introducing new programmes in other areas that include tourism but said there is still a challenge since the country’s hospitality sector is still in its nascent stages.
The college’s rector, Tsietsi Lebakae said the number of graduating students is less than expected because about 20 students were dismissed for having forged the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) certificates in order to gain entry into LP.
He said this year again eight students were dismissed after they were found guilty of ill treatment of other students while 11 were arrested by the police for the same act out of 21 suspended students.
LP offers programmes that include Diploma in Architectural technology, Building Technology, Civil Engineering, Water and Environmental Engineering, as well as Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery to mention but a few.