Debswana donates classrooms to Orapa CJSS
Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa mines (OLDM) handed over four fully furnished classrooms built at a total cost of P3.7 million to Orapa Junior Secondary School.
Speaking at the official opening last Friday, Orapa JSS head, Kolobetso Seabe was quick to thank Debswana for the generous donation.
“We are glad they came up with a plan to give us the four classrooms. Before, we had two classrooms taught in the dining room, one in the pavilion and the other one literally outside!” she said, adding Debswana’s generosity would help the school deliver quality education.
“Our percentage pass rate in 2019 will increase; we believe excellence is when you improve,” reflected Seabe.
For his part, OLDM General Manager, Bakani Motlhabani urged the school to celebrate the milestone with the knowledge that despite the various challenges experienced, they remain ‘an institution of excellence’ in both academics and extracurricular activities.
“We embrace a culture of high performance at our workplace and we are proud to be associated with such extraordinary performance shown by Orapa JSS. I urge the students to take care of the resources and stop vandalising the school property,” added Motlhabani.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Mmetla Masire noted that despite the infrastructural challenges the school has faced over the years, Orapa JSS is constantly at the top of academic excellence in Botswana.
“On that note I wish to take this moment to pay tribute to teachers and students, past and present, who have had to endure the difficulties of learning in the most challenging circumstances yet produce great academic results,” he said, adding the new classroom blocks would reduce congestion and improve the quality of learning.
Masire continued that the government is trying its best to provide infrastructural development and basic necessities across the country but due to budgetary constraints is not able to meet all the demands.
“In light of these tough economic conditions, I wish to challenge other corporates to join forces with government, invest more on key strategic areas such as education so that we prepare our people to be competitive in the global village,” said the Permanent Secretary.
He closed by urging students to refrain from alcohol and substance abuse, sexual activity, early marriages, pregnancies and drugs as they can lead to poor performance at school.