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‘I owe it to my school’


Lesotho’s top student speaks on his amazing achievement

’Mantoetse Maama

HIS parents and teachers would always tell him he had the potential to be the best student in the country.

And when he wrote his Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE), Khesa Borotho was the best-performing student — a feat he repeated once again in the 2014 Lesotho General Certificate of Secondary Education (LGCSE) examinations.

The 17-year-old Leribe English Medium High School student says although he believed in his ability, topping the LGCSE charts with nine distinctions in English, Sesotho, Mathematics, Science, Biology, Principles of Accounts, Literature, Geography and Computer Studies,  had still come as a complete surprise.

Borotho — who had been invited to the Ministry of Education and Training head-office when the examination results were announced on 29 January — told the Sunday Express he had no idea of his amazing accomplishment until Education   Minister ‘Makabelo Mosothoane made the “shock” pronouncement that day.

The modest Borotho, who hails from Lisemeng — a village on the outskirts of Hlotse — says in addition to his parents and teachers who instilled a sense of self-belief in him, his school’s proud record had also inspired him to write himself into Lesotho’s academic history.

“My teachers and parents were always telling me that I had the potential to be the best student of my generation in this country. This encouragement, and my determination to achieve, and of-course, my belief in the Almighty, helped me overcome many hurdles to get these excellent results. I’m a strong believer in God and I thank Him for everything that has been happening in my life,” Borotho said.

The teenager also speaks highly of Leribe English Medium High School, whose proud record he said helped him push himself to the limit.

“I had a lot of inspiration from my school, Leribe English Medium High, which boasts of a proud academic record. I saw students such as Tebello Qhotsokoane and Lineo Tlali from my school, being top-performers and said to myself I wanted to be like them and I am so happy that I have done exactly that.”

Asked about the secret to his success, Borotho said: “Each student has his or her own way of learning and I encourage everyone to stick to what they feel comfortable with.

“But personally, I always liked to stay ahead of the teacher so that when a new topic was introduced, I already had some background information about it.

“And after school, I would reflect on what I would have learned that specific day. I used to read a lot and I encourage other students to follow suit.”

Borotho said when officials from the Ministry of Education invited him to their offices on the day the results were to be made public, he had no idea of the “surprise” that lay ahead.

“I only came to know about it when the minister was making her speech. I cannot describe the feeling; I was simply overwhelmed and my mother even cried.”

Borotho, who is going to do International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma studies abroad, courtesy of Metropolitan Lesotho, further said he intends to be a medical doctor. Metropolitan Lesotho will also be taking care of his university education.

“I would like to pursue a career in medicine, and will decide on which specific field later on.

“I believe medicine is one of the professions that can allow me to give back to my community, and I owe a lot to this nation. I would also like to thank Metropolitan for extending this helping hand, without which, things might have been difficult for me,” he said.

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