Francistown East Member of Parliament, Wynter Mmolotsi, says that he is satisfied that the Ministry of Education and Skills Development has taken the first step in implementing a motion he had successfully tabled in Parliament asking for regulations of English Medium Schools fees.
“At the moment I can only say that I am satisfied that something is being done about the motion and cannot say I am happy as the process has just started and do not know how it will progress and what its results will be,” he said.
What he has learnt, which he says is encouraging so far, is that the MOE had convened with stake holders on the matter at Gaborone Sun last year to map up a plan of how to tackle the issue.
“This on its own in my view is a positive move which indicates willingness to tackle the issue,” he said.
During its debate in Parliament, Mmolotsi’ss motion received overwhelming support across party lines, a rare thing in Parliament. Despite the support from his colleagues in Parliament, Mmolotsi was also congratulated by many parents in a radio talk show who said that he has proved to be a real representative of the people.
Some said that they only wished they have many of such people in Parliament who bring up matters close to the hearts of the people they represent.
There have been complaints by some parents whose children attend private English medium schools in the country that the schools are charging high fees which they increase on a yearly basis.