Monday, March 8, 2021

Masisi denies ‘fire fighting mission’

The Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has denied that the recent exercise by Ministers and Permanent Secretaries to visit schools around the country was a “fire fighting mission.”

President Ian Khama had sanctioned the entourage immediately following the record low Junior Secondary School results at the beginning of the year.

The exercise sparked public debate that the government could be trying to rein in the education crisis currently affecting public schools.

Answering a question in parliament, Masisi insisted the exercise came about after Cabinet resolved to undertake inspections of various government facilities.

Pressed some more on the issue supplementary questions by Kanye North MP Kentse Rammidi, Masisi would not relent.
Rammidi wanted the minister to make it public whether the recent exercise was a reaction to the low results especially from secondary schools.

Masisi denied that the country’s education system was on fire. He advised the Botswana Congress Party leader Dumelang Saleshando to “wait and see” whether the results of the country-wide mission would be communicated to parliament or not.

“We met the leaders of schools, students and teachers Parents Teachers Association while in some schools that was not the same. I thank you,” the Minister said, responding to another supplementary question by Rammidi.

Masisi indicated that the mission began with secondary schools, to get an overview of facilities while looking into areas of potential improvement.

“It would be premature for me to speak of or otherwise divulge findings at this stage as the process is still ongoing and its findings should in the first instance be submitted to His Excellency the President,” Masisi said.

He added: “Any interventions will be determined by the findings which as I have indicated are still being processed.”

The Education public system suffered the worst spate of results, particularly in secondary schools were record low passes were recorded.

Opposition parties even called for the resignation of the Minister Education Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.

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