Tuesday, October 4, 2022

St Joseph College student scoops BEC Academic Excellency Award

Sitting right at the top of the pyramid of academic excellence, Kutlo Kebaikanye, a St Joseph’s College student, walked away with a presidential Golden Star award worth P20 000 during the Botswana Examination Council (BEC) second Annual Excellence Awards, held on Friday.

Congratulating Kebaikanye, the Executive Secretary of BEC, Dr. Serara Moahi, said, “this is the caliber of students we want, who exceed the standard set”.

Kebaikanye attained A* and a B in English Language in BGCSE examinations.

Moahi said, “The awards serve to identify and recognise exceptional performance in national examinations as well as to showcase and celebrate the individual achiever’s talent.”

Ten students were awarded for their top performance in their Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE), as well as two PSLE top performers with special needs.

It was the same for Junior Certificate examinations as well as Botswana General Certificate in Secondary Education.

Top performers for 21 BGSCE subjects were rewarded, except in the cases of Mathematics, Science Double Award, Biology, Development Studies, Physical Education and History for which two students were awarded for excellence in each subject.

Moahi said the BEC excellence awards were born out of the belief in human potential, talent and exceptional performance. Students were awarded with scholarships, cash prizes, laptops, digital cameras and vouchers. She said recognition of examination progress has been extended to the districts in the country. Before year end there will be recognition of achievement at school level.

This year, the excellence awards were exceptional as best schools and best PTA were honoured. The act of recognition for this year was even bigger and better this year. Moahi said “the awards seek to enhance stakeholder collaboration in the education of young Batswana as an important human resource that has to be nurtured and rewarded”.

As a way of promoting the educational system, American-based Diamond Empowerment Fund donated a cheque to the tune of P300 000.

Diamond Empowerment Fund representative, Lesego Mathware, said it is the desire of Diamond company to see Botswana education system grow and Botswana becoming a country of excellence.

The ceremony was graced by the presence of the former Minister of Education, Dr Gaositwe Chiepe.
Chiepe imparted words of encouragement to the ambassadors of excellence, saying they had crossed the first checkpoint and should not relax because more checkpoints are still to come.

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