Shortage of Teachers, Nurses Worry Residents

| January 21, 2015

Gweta Village Development Committee (VDC) chairperson, Mr Ledule Baraki says shortage of teaching staff at primary and junior secondary schools leads to poor performance.

Speaking during a kgotla meeting addressed by the area MP, Mr Polson Majaga in Gweta on January 19, Mr Baraki decried shortage of nursing staff at the primary hospital.

He said with the hospital being the service centre for the NataGweta constituency, it was a disheartening situation. People travelled long distances to access health services, only to find inadequate staffing at the facilities, he added.

In addition, the VDC chairperson noted that the hospital was also faced with shortage of kitchen utensils and bedding. He said information reaching them was that the washing chemical destroyed bedding, as it made sheets hard and they eventually tear off.

This situation, he noted, forced some members of the community to seek contributions from the public to buy kitchen utensils. About the schools, he said as a result of decentralisation and the vastness of the constituency, services fail to reach the people on time.

He noted that employment of teachers was done from the regional office in Serowe, adding that since the schools reopened three weeks ago, no new teachers had been posted to fill vacant posts.

In response, Mr Majaga said in the past there had been a proposal that the Central District be divided to speed up service delivery. He nonetheless promised them to liaise with relevant authorities to have the situation of poor service delivery addressed.

Mr Majaga told residents of Gweta that arrangement had been made to have Ministry of Health officials tour all health facilities around the country to get first-hand information on their status. He said the area leadership would push for the construction of a sub district in Nata since its design has long been completed.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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