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Tshegetsang celebrates 50th anniversary

The first school head and co-founder of Tshegetsang Junior Secondary School (TJSS) in Molepolole, Mr White Moipolai says the school, which is one of the oldest in the village, has changed lives of many.

The school was established in 1968 with the help of the Bakwena tribesmen both physically and financially, citing that it was community initiated learning institution.

He further said Bakwena found it fit to start the school with the mandate to cater for students who could not be admitted at Kgosi Kgari Sechele II after completing their Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) with grades C and D.

Tshegetsang JSS started as a night school, which was first housed at Kealeboga Primary School and later at Sebele Primary School.

He added that the first structure of the school was erected at its present plot in 1973/1974, citing that he was the first school head of the then Tshegetsang JSS from 1968 to 1970.

He said towards the end of 1972, Bakwena community built the school by constructing a block of two classrooms and thereafter the Botswana Christian Council donated an asbestos block, which is still in use today even though it is old.

Mr Moipolai revealed that some of the Bakwena tribal leadership such as the then councillor, Sankoloba Matlhabaphiri played a vital role in making sure that the school survived all the odds it faced.

He said 1971 was a trying time for the school and it was also bankrupt due to a sinister plot by some politicians who wanted to see it collapse.

“Rraetsho Councillor Matlhabaphiri took up the cudgels and waged a war to make sure the school was not going to collapse just because of petty politicking,”  he said.

Mr Moipolai pleaded with the school head and management to kick-start negotiations of renaming the school, Sankoloba Matlhabaphiri Junior Secondary School as a way to honour him for having worked hard to save it in the 1970s.

Meanwhile, the school head, Ms Banabotlhe Matsime said Tshegetsang was one of the most valuable schools in the Kweneng District as it had produced prominent people in the likes of Pastor Thuso Tiego and Botswana Prisons Services commissioner, Mr Silas Motlalekgosi.

She further said back then, it was a private institution, adding that only those whose parents could afford to pay school fees were admitted.

She revealed that today, the school has 18 streams with six Forms One, Two and Three classes, 57 teachers and 21 non-teaching staff.

A representative of Tshegetsang Class of 1986, Ms Nametso Marokane said they had created a group where they meet and come up with ideas on how to help the school where necessary.

She further said their vision was to recruit all former students of Tshegetsang JSS to form reunion groups according to their respective classes and then form alumni, which will work with the school.

Ms Marokane further encouraged the students to refrain from alcohol and drugs, citing that life was a school and education was the most important key to a brighter future.

The anniversary was celebrated under a theme: Fifty Years of Building Academic Excellence and Human Resource Development”. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Tshepang Segola

Location : MOLEPOLOLE

Event : 50th anniversary

Date : Sep 11 Tue,2018

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