MASERU- The Minister of Education and Training has officially released the Lesotho General Certificate Secondary Education (LGCSE) results.
When officially announcing the results last week, the Minister of Education and Training, Dr. Mahali Phamotse, indicated that she is very honored to announce the 2015 class results, which is the second cohort to sit the localized senior certificate examination, LGCSE. She expressed that it gives her great pleasure to announce that Lesotho has successfully completed the second year of this very important milestone in the education system.
She further pointed out that LGCSE is a non-group examination, so, there are no aggregate scores and that candidates are not categorized into 1st, 2nd, 3rd Class and GCE. Instead, the grading system used for LGCSE is broader and allows more grades beyond those used for COSC examinations.
The Minister explained that Mokhotlong is the top district with 96.99% of A*- G grades while Botha- Bothe is the last with 93.84% of A*-G grades. In general, Leribe English Medium School is the highest with 18.87% of A*-A grades, followed by Lesotho High School with 18.12% then St. Stephens Diocesan High School, Tšakholo High School, Kingsgate High School and Ntloana-Tšoana High School each registered a 100% A*-G grades performance and therefore deserve an applause.
She added that this year, the candidates took five new subjects that were introduced in their syllabus for the first time, which are Accounting, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Business Studies, Economics, and Travel and Tourism. “Of these new subjects, Accounting, Business Studies, and Economics have been performed satisfactorily, while the others have not been performed as well,” she continued.
She added that the areas of poor performance could be attributed to a number of factors including lack of resources necessary for ICT and the fact that tourism is not a large part of Basotho’s culture yet. Therefore, the ministry will make efforts to ensure that equipment needed for ICT is availed in schools in the near future.
Dr. Phamotse further appealed to parents, teachers and all concerned to assist in instilling the culture of tourism in leaners so that it becomes part of their daily lives, which they fully understand.
She applauded all successful candidates who worked hard to attain good grades. Most outstanding among all, Kopeka ‘Mamaswati Pearl of Leribe English Medium High School, who obtained seven A* in the subjects she had taken, second position is Lepasa ‘Matiisetso Cecilia from the same school, Makhakhe Limpho from Methodist High School, Molali Matlhabeli of Lesotho High School and Nkaile Palesa of Hlotse High School who obtained six A* grades respectively.
“To those candidates who have not succeeded, my advice is; it is never too late for a man to mend, and therefore they should get up, dust themselves up and try again,” she concluded.