MATABELELAND North schools will on Friday receive various accolades in recognition of their performance, effort and excellence.
Report by Luyanduhlobo Makwati
Schools drawn from across the province will converge at Lupane Primary School in an event that has been organised by the Better Schools Programme.
The event will see schools drawn from all the seven districts of the province receiving various awards ranging from floating trophies, shields and cash.
The annual event, which has been running for the past eight years, is aimed at encouraging teachers and students to work hard and participate in all departments that fall under the Education, Sport, Arts and Culture ministry. Matabeleland North provincial education director Boitatelo Mnguni said different schools and their excelling students will share more than $10 000 that will be accompanied by floating trophies and shield.
“As a province, we are trying our best to make sure that we encourage our students and teachers to work hard so that we can improve our pass rate in the province,” she said.
Mnguni also noted that it was their wish as a province to give more in terms of money so that students could perform much better than they had been doing, but the biggest challenge was shortage of cash to fund the awards.
“We want to make sure that our students get something significant in terms of money, but due to financial challenges, we are working with the little resources that we have,” she noted.
Some of the prestigious awards that will be given on the day include the best boarding and day schools in the province, non-
selecting boarding and day schools, the school with the best pass rate and the school with the most improved pass rate.
More than 37 awards will be given to excelling schools and students who have done well in various fields within the education sector in the province.
Better Schools Programme is a department in the Education Sport, Arts and Culture ministry.
It is a community-driven programme. Each student contributes a dollar per year to the programme and the money is used to conduct such events.