Tutu ‘blesses’ students at St Stephens

MOHALE’S HOEK — South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu led a Thanksgiving Mass at St Stephens High School in Mohale’s Hoek on Saturday.

The ceremony was held to thank God for blessing the school with good results in the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) and Junior Certificates (JC) examinations last year.

The school was ranked the best in Lesotho.

Archbishop Tutu, who is a hero in South Africa for his role in the anti-apartheid struggle, said he was very honoured to be part of the celebrations.

“I came here to praise you students, teachers and parents for achieving goods results last year,” Archbishop Tutu said.

“When you read the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis, God talks about light. He said let there be light. We cannot do anything in darkness,” he said.

“You are children of light, God was not mistaken when he created you and you are the best thing that God created.”

The school principal, ‘Majolalene Mathabeng, said although they had produced the best results last year they were still facing challenges following the rationalisation of school fees by the government. The government this year stipulated that day students should each pay M1 200 per year while boarders pay M2 300.

The increasing number of orphans was also a challenge for impact on the school, Mathabeng said.

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