Botswana: Teacher, Learner Deaths Worrisome

Letlhakane — The Ministry of Basic Education is concerned about the weekly reports of teacher and pupil deaths nationwide, Ms Bridget John has said.

Ms John, who is the ministry's permanent secretary, said this Tuesday during a visit to Letlhakane Senior School which lost the school head and boarding master over the past two weeks.

She pointed out that they had to pass by Chakaloba Primary School in Topisi which had also lost a teacher.

The permanent secretary assured the school community of the assistance of the ministry, region, sub-region where possible.

She further encouraged the school to continue fighting, stay positive and work hard despite the challenges experienced.

She advised them to try and overcome their challenges so as to deliver quality education

Ms John said she was happy to learn that they were prepared to give their best during these difficult times of losing some staff members and the COVID-19 pandemic.

She further encouraged the school to always ask for help when in need.

Deputy school head Mr Pius Molapisi expressed gratitude that the permanent secretary visited at a time when they needed support having lost some colleagues in the past two weeks.

He said the school was glad to have received financial support from the regional office.

On other matters, Mr Molapisi reported that staff houses were being renovated to help reduce shortage of accommodation which he said often resulted in teachers not delivering.

He also complained about serious shortage of textbooks at the school. Learners were therefore forced to find their own information during this time of the pandemic where interaction with teachers had been reduced, he said adding that the situation made it difficult for pupils to learn on their own.

Source : BOPA

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