An academic recently failed to hold back his tears as he presented money to top achievers during a prize giving day ceremony held at Natale Primary school.
Guest speaker Shylet Tshireletso who is pursuing his masters’ degree with the University of Botswana (UB) sobbed uncontrollable when awarding P100 each to three pupils who had shown good performance in their academic work.
A teacher by profession, Tshireletso said it was touching to learn how some students were suffering to get education while parents on the other hand did very little to support them.
“Please bear with me for being so emotional, I know the struggle that some children are forced to undergo while at school. Although we have parents who show keen interest in their children’s education, some have little contribution towards their children’s life at school,” said Tshireletso.
He told his audience that as a resident of Natale most people would surely know what he means when speaking about difficulties faced by some children in the village.
“Parents need to join hands with teachers for the betterment of their children’s results. You have a duty to provide basic needs such as clothes, food, shelter, love, affection and even things like books and pens,” he advised.
Giving a motivational speech during the same event, Principal Education Officer 1 under the Teaching Aid Production Department, Thebe Sefako, reminded the gathering that life was a journey which could either be short or very long adding that it was up to each individual to make it enjoyable.
“Pupils should be urged and encouraged to nurture their talents alongside their academic work,’’ he said.