Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It's about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life.
Professor Ntoi Rapapa is the Minister of Education and Training. He was elected as the Deputy Minister following his election as a Member of Senate after the 3rd June 2017 slap elections.
Professor Rapapa holds a Ph.D. (Physics) from the University of Manchester (United Kingdom) 1996 -1999. In 1994-1995 he obtained Advanced Post Graduate Diploma (Physics) from the International Centre of Theoretical Physics (Italy). He graduated at the National University of Lesotho for Bachelor of Science (Physics and Mathematics) 1989 -1993.
Career Outside Politics
Hounarable Rapapa worked as the Chief Executive Officer for the Lesotho Electricity and Water Authority (LEWA) since 01 October 2010 – 30 September 2016. He also worked at the National University of Lesotho as an Associate Professor since 2009 – 2010. In 2004 – 2009 he was a Senior Lecturer at the same Institution, while in 1999 – 2004 he was a lecturer and an Assistant Lecturer in 1995 – 1996. He was a Teaching Assistant in 1993 - 1994 at the University of Manchester Tutorial Assistant in 1997 – 1999.
Honourable Deputy Minister of Education and Training
Mrs 'Maphooka Motoboli is the Deputy Minister of Education and Training.She was elected as the Deputy Minister of Education in February 2018.
Mrs Motoboli holds a Diploma in Education which she obtained from the Institute of Extra Mural Studies (IEMS)under the National University of Lesotho.
Career outside Politics
Prior to her appointment as the Deputy Minister of Education and Training Mrs Motoboli served as a member of the Senate in 2007. In 2010 she became a Member of Parliament and was later appointed as the Minister of Labour and Employement. She also worked as a class teacher at Moratoe High School and a Secretary at Hlotse High School.
Mr Mothepu Mahapa holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics with a minor in Statistics, which he obtained after graduating from the National University of Lesotho in 2006. After graduating from the National University of Lesotho he went on to teach and coach the soccer team at Maseribane High School then later on at Mastise High School. In 2013 Mr Mahapa lectured part-time at the Technical Institute of Leloaleng teaching Business Economics and Statistics.
In 2013, Mr Mahapa achieved a CAF-C License of Coaching, elected as an Executive Member of LISA and awarded the trophy for the best Maths Teacher in Quthing by the Ministry of Education and Training. In 2015, he achieved a CAF-B License of Coaching and went on to achieve a CAF-A License of Coaching in 2016.
Dr. Thabiso Lebese holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the Stellenbosch University which he acquired in 2007. In 2002 he obtained MSc. in Agriculture from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. In 1998 he attained Bsc. in Agriculture from the National University of Lesotho. In 1995 he obtained a Diploma in Agriculture from the Lesotho Agricultural College.
In 1998, Dr. Lebese started work as a Teaching Assistant, at the National University of Lesotho. He also worked as a Lecturer, as well as a Senior Lecturer in the Crop Science Department of the National University of Lesotho from 1999 to 2013. From 2013 – 2015 he worked as Horticulture Manager at World Bank. From 2015 – 2017 he worked as an Entrepreneur, Community Worker and Motivational Speaker for Youth.
Born in Liphiring in Mohale's Hoek district, Mr Majara holds a Masters Degree in Education obtained in 1998 at the National University of Lesotho. In 1988 he obtained a Bachelor of Education at the National University of Lesotho
From 2011 up to date Mr Majara holds a position of Chief Education Officer Secondary at the Ministry of Education and Training. In 2008 - 2010 he was a Chief Inspector – Central Inspectorate while in 1999 - 2007 he worked as a Geography Inspector.
Mrs. Seutloali holds Master Degree in Education obtained at University of Natal - Durban in 2000. In 1993 she obtained her Bachelor Degree in Education at The National University of Lesotho (NUL) and also obtained Diploma in Education there in 1986, while in 1982 she obtained Secondary Teachers Certificate at the National Teacher Training College.
From 2011 to date Mrs Seutloali holds a position of CEO Curriculum and Assessment at the Ministry of Education and Training. In 2005 – 2010 she was a manager at School Supply Unit, while from 2002-2004 she was a Senior Education Officer in Leribe. In 2001 she was a Field Education Inspector in both Leribe and Thaba Tseka districts
Born at Sebapala in Quthing district, Dr. Ralenkoane holds a doctorate in Educational Management obtained in 2013 at the University of Free State. In 2005 he obtained a Masters in Educational Administration, Planning and Social Policy at the University of Cape Town. He obtained Honours in Educational Management in 2003 also at the University of Cape Town while in 2001 he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the National University of Lesotho as well as a Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Development Studies in 1999.
From June 2015 to date he joined the Ministry of Education and training as Manager Tertiary Department. In 2014-2015 he worked as a member of Performance Agreements Coordinating Secretariat at the Ministry of Public Service. In 2008 – 2013 he worked at the same Ministry at the Lesotho Institute of Public Administration and Management as a Senior Lecturer and Trainer in the Research Division and in the Public Administration and Human Resource Development Division. In 2001 - 2006 he worked as a Senior Graduate Teacher at Sefika High School.
Born at Mohlanapeng in Thaba-Tseka district, Mr. Makhele holds a Masters Degree in Education obtained at the Central University of Technology, Free State, Republic of South Africa in 2005. In 1999 he obtained a Bucalleurres Degree in Education from the Orange Free State, and he also graduated from the National Teacher Training College with a Diploma in Education in 1995.
Mr Makhele holds the position of Director Technical and Vocational Education and Training since 2013. Before holding the Directorship, Mr. Makhele worked as a lecturer at Lesotho College of Education from 2000 to 2013. He has also done reportuering work for Appropriate Technology Policy Studies Network-Lesotho at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2011. In 2010 he was a national Consultant for UNESCO to draw a baseline study for TVET System in SADC region (Lesotho Case). Mr. Makhele has been a teacher at Paray high School from 1996 to 2000.
Mr Motaba holds a Masters Degree in Education obtained at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1999. In 1995 he obtained Post Graduate Bachelor of Education from the University of Cape Town while in 1992 he obtained Bachelor of Arts with Education from the University of Lesotho.
From 2015 up to date Mr Motaba works as Director Education Facilities Unit. From 2008 to 2015 he coordinated the culture sector nationally under the auspices of UNESCO. In 2008 Mr Motaba worked as an Editor of Informative newspaper while in 2009 he edited Action Mail newspaper. He worked as a Director at the teachers’ affairs nationally in the Teaching Service Department from 2006 to 2008. In 2005 he worked as an Administration Manager for Youth Training Centers in the Ministry of Gender and Youth, Sport & Recreation while from 1992 to 2005 he was a teacher at St. Catherine’s High School.