Monday, May 17, 2021

Schools under security watch in fight against drugs

The Ministry of Defence Justice and Security has placed government schools under security surveillance in a bid to curb the drug abuse problem in government schools.

Speaking during a media tour of Bobonong constituency, Minister of Defence Justice and Security, Shaw Kgathi said drugs abuse was a big problem in government schools countrywide.

“I have lined up my boys and girls, we are going to do our work, we have no other option but to do our work. This is serious and we are aware that some of the parents are the ones who are selling these drugs to students at schools.”

He said, “I am going to meet with my security agents to find ways of assisting the Ministry of Education.” Kgathi emphasized that the law has to be cruel with those who are selling drugs to the students.

Kgathi said the country’s leaders would have to roll back their sleeves and clean up the mess in the country’s education system because ‘no one will come from outside to come and fix our problems.’

The minister insists that poor performances at schools contribute to the country’s high rate of youth unemployment. “Bobonong constituency like any other place across the country experiences high levels of youth unemployment. It goes without saying that the problem will continue for as long as the schools are producing candidates for unemployment.”

Kgathi also revealed that President Ian Khama wants decentralization of power in education to the school heads in terms of decision making.

The minister could not reveal their strategy in instilling order at schools. “We cannot reveal our strategy, we can’t afford to warn our enemies but I can only assure you that we will do our job.┬á “A major challenge and concern with respect to education in the area is the continuing pattern of poor results at our junior and senior secondary schools. For instance for the 2015/16 results, only 19.07 percent had five credits or more whilst at the Junior Schools only 8.07 percent managed to pass with a merit, A or B. In real terms this means that Matshekge School with 800 students who sat for exams only 160 passed. The rest have to battle for employment opportunities.”

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