Botswana: Rural Areas to Be Given Priority in NDP 11

| June 3, 2016

The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Fidelis Molao said his ministry will try by all means to give priority to rural areas during the implementation of National Development Plan 11 in as far as resource allocation is concerned.

Speaking during his address of the Kweneng Bophirima brigade staff in Takatokwane after a tour of the facility, Mr Molao said in this era where civil servants were reluctant to work in rural areas, those who still indicated willingness to do so should be appreciated.

He said this could only be done by ensuring they have all the necessities such as proper accommodation and work related resources as a way of appreciating their volunteerism.

"Such is the intention of our rationalization plan during the NDP 11, and it will not only look at improving the conditions of staff, but improving the image of technical school so they can attract the same number of interest from high school leavers as universities," he said.

Mr Molao also informed the staff that his ministry has reached an agreement with the Central Transport Organisation so that the latter can provide brigades with boarded vehicles to enable auto-mechanic students to conduct practicals.

He also informed the staff that although government has not developed any brigade since taking them over, the intention of doing so still exists.

"Your brigade is not the only one that has not seen any development since the taking over, and lack of funds is thae main reason we have not developed them. Developing the brigades means not only refurbishing the buildings, but the machines as well, and most of them are expensive to replace and refurbish," he said.

On the issue of water shortage at Mahupu Unified School, he said that the Water Utilities Corporation has drilled a borehole at Mogoditshane Senior School, as well as the Sir Seretse Khama Barracks, saying the same arrangement can be done at Mahupu Unified.

"The school is a village on its own because of its size, therefore it would be better if it had its own borehole. Watering it from the same borehole as the village would obviously lead to the current shortage," he said.

In his welcome remarks, the chief's representative, Kgosi Rakgaba Rammurwane complained that since the Kweneng Bophirima brigade was taken over by government five years ago, no developments have been done.

He said the facility is dilapidated to the extent that it now poses a health hazard to both students and staff. Kgosi Rammurwane also indicated that they have acquired a more spacious plot in the village and requested the ministry to develop it.For his part, the head of the brigade, Mr Paul Mosimanegape appreciated cooperation between the school and senior education authorities at Letlhakeng, saying the only challenge is that they seek some of the services at the Department of Technical and Vocational Education Training, which is far in Gaborone.

He said this stretches them and makes every day liaison cumbersome. Mr Mosimanegape also decried shortage of resources such as computers and staff accommodation.

Source: Botswana Daily News

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