Illegal pre-schools worry mayor


A number of pre-schools in Gaborone are operating illegally it has emerged. The City council is currently experiencing illegal operations of day-care centres as a result of non-acquisition of land use permits by applicants.

City Mayor Haskins Nkaigwa said the illegal operations pose as a problem to both the operators as well as the children accessing the service. “Parents should be vigilant in choosing centres they place their children in.”

Nkaigwa said generally some of the requirements in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Policy of 2002 are compromised.

“Children’s nutrition is compromised as some schools serve meals that are not depicted in the menu submitted during application,” he said adding that spot checks have revealed that most schools waive the meals and are not giving children a balanced nutrition.

He pointed out that because most centres are owned by foreign nationals resource materials are culturally streamlined to the western ideologies. “You would hardly find a story book that narrates Tswana folklore that is the integral to the culture of Batswana.”