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Welcome to Maseru English Medium Preparatory School – MEMPS home page. This school is also known by many as Maseru Preparatory School. Either is accepted. Maseru Prep is one of the oldest schools in Lesotho and has a tradition of educating the future leaders of this country. It was established in 1890 and is therefore 125 years old.

In 1884 Basutoland (Lesotho) came under direct British Rule and was governed by the High Commissioner in Cape Town. By 1890, sufficient officials, traders and English speaking Missionaries resided in the Maseru ‘camp’ to create a need for “a government aided school for these people’s children”. It seems that the Anglican Diocese in Bloemfontein also helped to establish the school. The school was first housed in a little cottage near the camp.

Then in 1905 the school moved to a small iron and wood building near the present Maseru United Church site. The school then had 21 children up to standard V. It was then known as the Maseru European School. In 1908 it moved to a small sandstone house in the Old School Road.

In 1932 the name was changed to Maseru Preparatory School until the mid fifties when the present official title of MEMPS was adopted.

In 1962 the first Basotho students were admitted and many other nationalities which make up the schools present International flavour.


The school is accredited to follow the Cambridge International Primary Programme and the students write the Checkpoint Exam at the end of Year 6 to receive their certificates.

It is a co-educational school which caters for children from three to eleven years of age. It provides an exclusive choice of education with three languages being taught including French and also subjects like music, drama, art and IT.

vMaseru Prep is a school of contrasts, offering a traditional English language education in a country school setting. It has good sporting facilities like soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, a pool and a gym. It also has numerous jungle gyms for the little ones.

The computer centre has just been completed and a well stocked library is an asset. The Science Lab is also good for experiments and projects. We have a nature forest where outdoor teaching takes place and where the students get the opportunity to explore nature and to appreciate it.

We aim to develop well-balanced, disciplined young boys and girls through a hands-on approach to our Cambridge curriculum, exciting extra-mural activities (including clubs) and a pastoral programme to meet all the student needs. Culturally we have an International Week and many concerts and plays.

The school is also a member of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) which is a quality assurance amongst all schools in Southern Africa.

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