Feb. 26, 2021

Ray of hope seen as JC final exams are launched

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THE launch of the 2020 Junior Certificate (JC) final examinations on Monday by the Minister of Education and Training Ms Ntlhoi Motsamai brought a huge sigh of relief to the entire Basotho nation.

The notion of the external learners having to stay on perhaps another year without writing their exams was having a devastating impact on everybody’s life.

The parents were beginning to lose hope on their children’s future which would have turned out for the worst, without a chance to decent education.

The learners themselves were truly frustrated because they had no idea as to what would eventually become of their young lives.

The teachers, especially from privately owned schools who do not enjoy the benefits of government subsidized salaries were getting worked up by the day as they were on the threshold of joining thousands of other Basotho who are jobless.

The launch of the exams has consequently brought hope to other learners in other classes, pupils from lower schools and students in institutions of higher learning that someday not too far into the future, things will probably return to normal.

Everything might not go back to the way it was before the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic because as things stand now, the deadly virus is not going to leave us anytime soon. We nonetheless just have to roll with the punches and learn to live with it. 

The pandemic’s devastating effects are felt and seen everywhere one looks, jobs are being lost by the day as companies run out of business. People keep dying on daily basis in amazingly huge numbers with no sign of a reprieve anywhere in sight.

The nurses’ ensuing fight for salary hikes is not helping the situation as scores of patients under their care perish without their full attention, notwithstanding that the health care providers’ concerns are genuine given they are on the frontline in the fight against the pandemic

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Hopefully, with time the government will ease more restrictions like the border movement and allow learners from Lesotho who study in South Africa to cross to the other side in order to return to school.  

The government’s decision to allow JC learners to write their final exams means in the not so distant future, the Lesotho General Certificate of Secondary Education (LGCSE) learners will also be writing their own exams.

It is high time all the children went back to school and stop roaming the deadly streets which pose untoward challenges on their lives.

A classic example of this occurred on Monday at the Lesia High School where a total of 229 had registered in 2020 for their JC final exams and 16 of them failed to return to school this week for an array of reasons.

Some of the learners’ parents lost their jobs due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and are no longer able to pay for their children’s fees.  But who can tell why others were unable to turn up for their exams?

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