Kgosi Kgari Sechele II Senior Secondary school in Molepolole, will on September 14 celebrate 60 years of existence during a Prize Giving ceremony. A member of the Organising Committee (Publicity) Koko Nkokonyane, who is also a teacher at KSII, said the objectives of the celebrations are to reflect on the school’s rich history, to reward academic excellence in the form of prizes, to acknowledge the participation of all former students, and to foster and bolster long working relationship with all stakeholders. "Preparations have been, and are underway to make this day a great success. Some of the activities building up to the the main event include a Career Fair named “My Career, My Future” which was spearheaded by Botswana Prisons Service on August16, a sponsored litter picking on August 18 and a succesful fundraising dinner on August 25," said Nkokonyane.
KSII, as the school is popularly known, has been posting poor academic results in recent past, which has caused an uproar within the community and school management. A number of challenges have been identified in a SWOT analysis. They include student indiscipline where some students bully others, refuse to take orders, threaten and beat teachers, teachers who do not perform to expected levels. There is also a problem of parents who do not give the expected support to their childrens learning. They do not attend meetings and do not come to school when invited to collect academic reports.
Acute shortage of water sometimes force the school to dismiss students earlier thus disrupting the teaching and learning process. "We have also had students who failed to complete their coursework projects. This led to students having X grading in some of their subjects. There are also students who have an attitude of saying a subject is not amongst their best 6. They relax in other subjects and end up not writing examinations for some,' he observed.
Some of the strategies adopted by the school to address the challenges include increased collaboration where the school management has opened doors to various stakeholders and partners. The collaboration has helped motivate the students and has helped bring closer parents to the school. It has also kept the school management on their toes as the partners demand value for money. "In this collaboration we have Dikgosi to help address issues of discipline, Baruti to address issues of morality, Alumini to mentor our students and help with resource shortages, corporate world / business community to enhance motivation of our students through sponsoring awards. This on its own challenges the teachers to work hard so that it could be their students who receive the awards," said Nkokonyane.
The school is also implementing a pastoral policy, where the school divided the bigger school into smaller manageable mini schools. Though we standardise as a school, mini school supervise their own house classes and run their examinations and tests at house level. They have house assemblies and have a colour to identify themselves with. This encourages competitions amongst the students. The school also organises Motivational and career talks where stakeholders are invited to give talks to students. Students have recently benefited from a project called My career My future by Department of Prisons and Rehabilitation, which was conducted in the presence of their parents. Students are also selected for bootcamps, which help build and enhance their character. This is a partnership between members of the Botswana Defence Force and the school.
Despite the challenges the school has made notable achivements both in athletics and ball sports games. Team Kgari Sechele has always done well from sub zonal level through to the national level. "Our students represented the country in games outside in countries like Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mauritius," boasted Nkokonyane.
KSII was officially opened by J.D.A. Geromond ESQUIRE CBE, Divisional Commissioner, South in 1958. According to Jansen G.H, in the KSII Scope Magazine, the school started its operations from the present day Bakwena National School premises and it was then moved to a new site, the present day Kealeboga Primary School where it was established in earnest. At Kealeboga, the school became a combined school, offering Primary and Secondary education. The current giant, KSII, grew from these humble beginnings.
The school moved to its present day site in 1967, shortly after Independence in 1966. The school then offered Forms 1 to 3. The original KSII campus had just four classrooms, a generator house, six staff houses and the buildings were all pre-fabricated asbestos buildings. KSII is one of the oldest Senior Secondary schools in Botswana with a fabulous history. In 1974, through a group called “Pioneers”, the school introduced first ever Form 4’s, who completed their Form 5 in 1975. Amongst the pioneers are Moatlhodi Oabile, Phillip Monnawatsie, Thuso Dikgaka and Spencer Mpe.
Amongst KSII alumni are the former Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo, the current Chief Justice Terrence Rannowane, Attorney General Advocate Abram Keetshabe to mention but a few. KSII has produced and continues to produce prominent citizens who are extensively contributing to the economy and the development of this country.