Botswana: Government to Tighten Screws On School Bullies

| July 11, 2016

President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama says the government will get tough with students who cause havoc and vandalise school properties.

He added that in some cases parents would be required to pay for their children's vandalism, while some students would be expelled from school.

Addressing public service staff in Ramotswa on Thursday, President Khama said parents should pay for their students who vandalise windows and doors while those who burn school buildings should be dismissed.

He said students should know that their indiscipline acts would attract negative consequences and that they have to bear the repercussions.

He said it was disheartening that students continue to vandalise school properties despite the government trying hard to provide them with free education.

President Khama said students should appreciate that the government spent money on their education and schools development.

He said countries with better economies than Botswana have their students paying for education while in Botswana education was provided freely by government.

Furthermore, President Khama disapproved tertiary students who engage in strikes which disrupt their studies.

"My opinion is that if you go to tertiary school and strike, you must be taken out and let your parents take over," he said.

He also said the government has seen the impact of boot-camps in moulding student's behaviour.

He added that it would be unfortunate if boot-camps could be stopped mainly because of none payment of overtime allowance to teachers.

This followed a complaint from the meeting that teachers have not been paid overtime allowance which resulted from last year's boot-camps.

President Khama said the government was still discussing how to address the issue of overtime in the public service.

He said there were those who propose that employees should be paid committed overtime allowance, but that the issue was not yet finalised.

Furthermore, President Khama decried the abuse of overtime, saying some officers inflate hours worked hence cheat the government.

For her part, the director of Public Service Management, Ms Ruth Maphorisa said they were having problems with officers who refuse to be transferred to places far from the city. However, she said she was delighted that officers in the district have expressed their desire to be transferred to other places.

Source: Botswana Daily News

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