The deputy vice chancellor of Botho University, Peter Mbati, has advised the school’s new students to stay focused as they adjust to their new-found freedom and independence that come with tertiary life.
Professor Mbati made this warning at the occasion to welcome the university’s first year students in Maseru last week.
“I know for many of you it is a privilege to make it to the university as some of you are the first ones in your families to go up to university. Therefore, you must work hard and make your parents proud.
“Research shows that having a higher education qualification does make you a better person, so make sure you do everything in your power to obtain a qualification in your life,” he said.
He reminded the freshmen that they are no longer in high school but in varsity where no one will push them to work hard or attend classes, hence the importance of guarding against distractions that could result in them disappointing those that are counting on them back home.
“I know you are young and it is exciting to be here away from parents, but remember excitement passes and, at the end of the day, you will be the one facing examinations on your own. Let us all go get those distinctions,” Mbati said.
At the same occasion, the ministry of education and training’s tertiary manager Sekhotseng Molapo, encouraged the students to work hard and not get carried away by the monthly allowances from the National Manpower Development Secretariat.
“Let us be an example to our fellow youth who were not fortunate enough to go to university. Let us show them that university is not only about going to parties but working hard and achieving your dreams,” Molapo said.
Meanwhile, the vice president of the university’s Student Representative Council, Thabo Pitso, told the new arrivals that they can achieve their goals if they stay focused.
“I am in my fourth year now. This shows that when you focus on what you came here for you will succeed in life. It is okay to have fun, but it is also important to know that fun alone will not get you success. Stay away from people who who do not wish you to succeed and will do anything to bring you down,” Pitso said.
Botho University was established in 1997 and has rapidly evolved over the years to become a leading multidisciplinary high-quality tertiary education provider. It was one of the first local tertiary institutions in Botswana to be accredited by the Human Resources Development Council. All programmes are approved by the Botswana Qualifications Authority) and the Council on Higher Education in Lesotho, where it opened a campus in 2015.
Botho Lesotho is a private premium provider of high-quality education in the area of Business and Accounting, Computing and Health and Education in Lesotho with a footprint in the rest of Africa.
High quality and flexible learning options make Botho University the preferred institution for students.