Mini-Bus to Make Life Easy for Pandamatenga Pupils

| May 15, 2015

Members of the Pandamatenga Primary School community are proud owners of a new seven-seater mini-bus, that will aid students who had to walk between six and 14 kilometres to and from school.

Receiving the impressive gift from the Bangladesh embassy, Kgosi Rebecca Banika of Pandamatenga thanked the kindhearted group for their selflessness and generosity.

Kgosi Banika said the embassy had proven to be a diplomatic unit concerned with the welfare of the community within which they worked.

“One day one of these children will be an ambassador in your country,” she jested, assuring them that the vehicle would be used for its intended purpose only and that it would be taken good care of.

Kgosi Banika explained that their gesture would go a long way in helping students get to school on time thus improve their academic performance.

“These children walk long distances even during the rainy and winter seasons in an environment that is infested with dangerous wild animals such as lions, buffaloes, hyenas and elephants, as well as molesters and rapists who always lurk around.

“We already have a case in which a standard three pupil was raped on her way from school,” she added.

Ntebogang Monyima, who is doing Standard Six, told BOPA that she walks 12 kilometres to and from school every day, adding that they have now opted to walk as a group in order to stay safe.

She said she is forced to leave her house at 6am everyday if she is to make it to school on time at 0750am.

“Sometimes we get a ride in a Botswana Defense Force truck after school,” she said, adding that, despite the challenges, she is a straight A student and that she is relieved that finally help had arrived.

Another delighted student, 13-year-old Kemofithetse Letshwenyego, who is in her Standard Six, says often he would miss the first two lessons whenever he left home late.

He remembered one time a group of students spotting a pride of lions just before mercy came their way as a BDF trucks lifted them out of danger just in time.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Mr Richard Matlhare said the donation was going to improve the school’s performance altogether and reduce late coming.

“I can assure you that Pandamatenga Primary School will no longer aim for the 48 per cent they got last year we expect above 70 per cent,” he said.

The school got the lowest performance rating in the district in last year’s Primary School Leaving Examinations.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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