LETSHEGO Financial Services (LFS) on Friday paid a year’s school fees for eight best performing Junior Certificate (JC) students from Butha-Buthe district.
The financial services provider presented a M23 020 cheque for the pupils’ education at a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Education and Training to honour the district’s best performing Lesotho General Certificate of Secondary Education (LGSCE) and Junior Certificate (JC) students of 2015 on Friday.
Soofia English Medium School topped the list of beneficiaries with four pupils namely ‘Matlala Sefale, Thakane Marakabei, Mpiti Sehlabaka and ‘Masetona T?osane.
Mope Thipana, Khotso Lenepa and Sibongile Seheshe (Butha-Buthe Community High School) as well as Litseoana Moloi of Likila High School also benefitted from LFS’ sponsorship.
Speaking at the event, LFS Chief Executive Officer ‘Malehlohonolo Van Tonder said the gesture was in line with the firm’s aim of improving the lives of the less privileged.
“As a business operating in the country, we have made a decision to set aside a percentage of our earnings for initiatives aimed at improving lives of the less privileged,” she said.
“Today’s gesture is no different, and we have identified exceptional students at JC level who will study for a year without having to worry about paying school fees.”
Ms Van Tonder also said LFS was prepared to assist the beneficiaries beyond JC provided they continued to excel in their studies.
“We hope that they or even other pupils continue to excel because that will enable them to earn our sponsorship towards their tertiary studies,” she said.
One of the beneficiaries, Khotso Lenepa, said his parents’ constant encouragement had inspired him to work hard.
“I have always been a bright student but there was a time when I was headed for a downfall,” said Lenepa who also revealed his aspiration of studying mechanical engineering.
“However, my parents stood by me and encouraged me to study even harder. I am happy to be among the best performers today and I will continue to get good grades at LGSCE.”