Prince Seeiso calls for more govt support for CAS
A TOTAL of 304 Centre for Accounting Studies (CAS)students were awarded certificates and diplomas during a colourful ceremony held on Friday at LehakoeRecreational and Cultural Centre.
This was the college’s 35th graduation ceremony since its establishment in 1979 “to provide quality professional accountancy education and training for aspiring and professional accountants in the private and public sectors”.
CAS Chancellor, Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, who capped the graduates, said the nation was proud of the students’ accomplishments.
“Today, you have made CAS, your families and most importantly the country, proud.Your success has come with many sacrifices,” Prince Seeiso said.
“It is common knowledge that our students at CAS are not yet receiving full bursaries and support from the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS), which means their families have to use the little income they have to ensure their children get the skills they need to make it in life.
“I even regret that some of our students who should have been celebrating with us today had to abandon their studies due to lack of funding. This is unfortunate and should not be happening.
“I hope the NMDS (which falls under the Ministry of Development Planning and disburses loan bursaries and scholarships to Basotho students) will speedily address this issue and support our students who qualify so that they canalso have a chance to better their lives and those of their families.”
Prince Seeiso further noted poverty, which affects many Basotho, could only be defeated if various stakeholders work together to ensure young people are afforded appropriate skills.
“I would like to thank parents and CASstaff who supported the students to ensure they are where they are today,” he added.
“To the students, I urge you to serve with humanity, dedication and commitment. I also urge you to serve your country without fear or favour.”
Moreli Makhupane, who gave a vote-of-thanks on behalf of the graduates, expressed gratitude for the support they continued to receive from their guardians, CAS staff and other stakeholders.
“I would like to pay tribute to each and everyone of you who made this day possible for us; from the wonderful lecturers andformer students,to our parents and friends. Your various roles were extremely instrumental in getting us where we are today,” Mr Makhupane said.
“To my fellow graduates, I say hold true to yourselves, respect your communities because such virtues will guide you further, in your lives. We may break the law, but the spirit shall never be broken.”
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