MASERU — Sefika High School won the annual national spelling contest for Form B students, organised by the Transformation Resource Centre (TRC).
The school, owned by the Lesotho Evangelical Church (LEC), on Friday walked away with the first price worth M1 300 along with a trophy and a 16 gigabyte flash drive, all thanks to Form B student Julia Matsoso.
The school also won the first prize of the same competition in 2012.
The second prize comprising a trophy, an eight gigabyte flash drive and M1 000 went to Motsekuoa High School while the third prize consisting of a trophy, a four gigabyte flash drive and M800 went to Thetsane High School.
The prizes were acquired through the ingenious efforts of Rorisang Mokebisa and Tšepiso Matsoso of Motsekoua High School and Thetsane High School respectively.
The competition was hosted at a local hall on Friday with secondary school learners from six districts of Lesotho participating.
The contest is aimed at building learners’ confidence while equipping them with public speaking skills.
The words used in the learners’ competition were “difficult and unusual words” extracted from the Learners English Oxford Dictionary.
Seithati Mokhomo, the assistant librarian at TRC, said the aim of the competition was to broaden learners’ knowledge of vocabulary and spelling.
Mokhomo added that they again want to encourage learners to read informative sources such as magazines, newspapers and journals.
Asked what motivated the TRC to host the competition, Mokhomo said it was because they had observed that Basotho lacked the culture of reading as “they have always practiced story-telling as part of their culture. They are not a reading nation”.
“Therefore the culture of reading never developed in Basotho society,” said Mokhomo.
“And it is equally the trend in families of primary and high school learners that simply leads to learners across the board simply not being interested in reading.”
Mokhomo continued: “This, in turn, has led to extremely high numbers of learners who go through the education system without having acquired knowledge and information.”
According to media statements young people are very misinformed about contemporary trends around them.
It further states that “a reading nation always progresses and is never short of innovative solutions to challenges that face it”.