Botswana: Developments Underway At Legothwane Primary School

Gaborone — The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development continues to provide Legothwane Primary School with the necessary infrastructure and maintains the existing ones as and when the need arises.

Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Sethabelo Modukanele told Parliament that at inception the school was provided with basic infrastructure comprising two classrooms, one teachers' house, a modified kitchen structure to serve as an administration office and four pupils toilets.

"The said facilities were later in 2013/14 financial year augmented by seven tented classrooms and teachers' accommodation as an interim measure while funds were being solicited for conventional facilities. Currently, there is an ongoing construction of 1x9 cubicle ablution block to further augment the existing facilities," he said.

The minister added that following the declaration and recognition of Legotlhwane as a tertiary IV settlement, priority was given to the construction of additional infrastructure consisting of seven classrooms and four staff houses during the 2018/19 financial year.

Mr Modukanele said it was unfortunate that the project had not yet started as another contractor had appealed its awarding in January 2019.

The minister announced that the High Court had ruled that the project be re-tendered.

Mr Modukanele said the re-tender for Legothwane was opened on November 11 with the tender already at the evaluation stage.

The intention, he said, was to award it by mid-December 2020 with construction anticipated to start in February 2021 after the 30 days allowed for appeals had elapsed.

Legothwane Primary School started operating in 1979 under the Ipelegeng Programme through support and donations from non-governmental organisations.

The MP for Ngami, Mr Carterpilla Hikuama had asked the minister if he was aware of Legothwane Primary School and why the school had been neglected. He also wanted to know when the ministry would construct modern and durable structures such as classrooms and staff houses.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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