Botswana: Pupils Need Motivation - Coles

Mochudi — Deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Basic Education (MoBE), Mr Simon Coles, has urged teachers to go all out to motivate pupils as schools prepare to re-open after a period of extreme social distancing.

He said since lockdown, some children showed signs of aggravation, irritability and annoyance, hence the need for psychological support in schools.

Mr Coles was speaking during an event where Bidvest Steiner donated items worth over P140 000 to Kgamanyane Junior Secondary School.

He said adaption to new times would translate into survival, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic called patriotism and unity.

"We are now all safety and health officers and it is our responsibility to make sure we observe and partake in keeping this virus at bay," he said.

He said a decision had been taken to re-open government schools for pre-schoolers in August and this did not mean private schools could not reopen sooner, noting that all schools needed to comply with set health regulations.

"Some of the compliance measures include temperature testing, registering people, wearing face masks at all times in public spaces and observing social distancing," he said.

Mr Coles said he ahad already visited about 15 schools in Gaborone as part of his spot checks and there were still challenges to be addressed.

For his part, Kgatleng District Council chairperson, Mr Daniel Molokwe, applauded Bidvest Steiner for the donation that included 70 sanitiser dispensers, chemicals for disinfection and toilet papers.

Kgamanyane school head, Mr Paul Mmelesi said the donation came after they had approached the village leadership, who in turn approached Bidvest Steiner on their behalf.

"We have shortage of classrooms, we do not have a modern kitchen as we still cook using firewood outside," he said.

Mr Mmelesi applauded teachers and non-teaching staff for always going an extra mile without any motivation of extra compensation.

He pleaded with Bidvest Steiner to adopt his school and partner with them in raising funds to address some of the shortages they were experiencing.

Source : BOPA

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