Children who go to government subsidized primary schools are being made to pay through their noses ÔÇô literally.
Parents are unhappy that their children are being made to clean toilets when they should be studying.
Education Minister, Jacob Nkate, told Parliament this week that “following concerns raised about involvement of primary school pupils in clearing grass from school grounds and cleaning toilets, my ministry has instructed all councils to cease this practice and instead hire casual workers to perform these tasks.”
The minister cited a savingram dated November 13, 2006 which was sent to all councils instructing them to desist from making pupils clean toilets and clear grass “with immediate effect.”
The Ministry of Education issued another savingram dated December 5, 2006 informing all principal education officers to ensure that schools comply with the new requirement.
The minister was answering a question from South East MP, Olebile Gaborone, who had asked when general duty assistants and groundsmen would be engaged so that the use of students to clean toilets and other facilities and the clearing of the grass from school grounds could stop.