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‘No substitute for quality education’


Limpho Sello

PARENTS and guardians have been urged to sacrifice their limited resources to enable their children to get quality education and ensure their successful future.

Machabeng College Headmaster Mashome Ramotubei said this on Friday while addressing students and other invited guests at the international school’s 30th International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma graduation ceremony at Lehakoe Club in Maseru.

The ceremony, in which 102 students graduated, was held amid pomp and fanfare with Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso in attendance among other high profile guests.

The IB diploma is a two-year educational programme primarily aimed at students aged 16–19. The program provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognised by many universities worldwide.

Mr Ramotubei said while quality education was expensive, there was no viable substitute. He said lack or poor education resulted in limited the opportunities for a successful life.

“By the time a person realises the value of quality education, it is usually too late for them to change their circumstances,” he said.

“Hence, they continue to live a life of regret and of continually relating their misfortunes to anybody who can listen and pointing fingers at other people.

“As the saying goes; ‘If you think quality education is expensive, try out ignorance’.”

Mr Ramotubei paid tribute to parents and guardians of the school’s students, saying their sacrifice to ensure their children acquired quality education was not in vain.

“The parents who decided to bring their children to Machabeng College did not do so because they had a lot of money, but because they wanted quality education for their children,” he said.

On the part of the graduates, the outgoing Student Representative Council (SRC) President Kali Rankhone said the two-year course was difficult but made easier by the unity among the students.

He said the IB diploma was a stepping stone to a brighter future.

“I appeal to my fellow graduates to strive to become the best and continue to work hard wherever life will lead you from this day,” he said.







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