Botswana: Form Ones and Twos to Join Two Weeks Later

Francistown — Setlalekgosi Junior Secondary School Head teacher Mr Babuluki Bajiti says they have decided that the Form one and two learners will join the Form threes who are opening on June 02 two weeks later.

Mr Bajiti said the school's health and wellness committee and the management met and proposed a double shift on a six-day timetable for these classes.

The Form threes will however attend classes as usual in order to cover up for lost time due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and to finish their projects.

Speaking during a visit by the MP for Francistown East Mr Buti Billy to appreciate the readiness of the schools for reopening, Mr Bajiti said the school has three staff toilets and 16 for learners, all in working condition and ready for use.

He however said that the toilets catered for 549 learners, which is a ratio of 1: 35 learners, which indicated that there was need for more toilets to be constructed for pupils.

The head teacher cited that there was a challenge with procurement as companies wanted to take advantage of COVID-19 pandemic and escalate prices.

At Mater Spei College, the school head Mr Jabulani Munyere said that his school has an enrollment of1 743 pupils, which is a large number to control as per the coronavirus regulations.

He informed Mr Billy, who is also the Assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development (MYSEC) that the school have 452 boarding learners, adding that boarders have the advantage of covering up with their projects. He said the school would come up measures to assist day scholars.

Mr Munyere said they previously had classes of more than 49 students and they were planning to reduce that number to 25 pupils per class.

He said that they were planning to install three hand washing bays that have provision for those using wheelchairs.

For his part, Mr Billy said it was also the duty of parents to ensure that students comply with COVID-19 pandemic regulations.

Source: BOPA

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