Thursday, May 19, 2022

Strike threatened against the ‘worst performing’ ministry

Ailing Vice president Mompati Merafhe has been commended for ranking the Minister of Education and Skills Development, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s ministry as the worst performing ministry last year.

“We disagree with Merafhe in other instances but he was spot on when it came to Venson-Moitoi’s ranking, the minister and her colleagues at the ministry know why they were ranked the lowest performers. At the top of the list is the examinations fiasco,” said President of the Botswana National Front Youth League (BNFYL), Kagiso Ntime.

The BNFYL has threatened to provoke a general strike across the educational spectrum, if the Ministry of Education does not come up with a viable solution to the recent education ‘crisis’.
The youth league plans the strike when the results are released.

Normally, results for form three students would have been released by now and students would have been placed in their respective secondary schools, but due to exam crisis this year the results have been delayed.

The Youth League said that it will not accept the results for last year’s Form 3 examinations when they are released because they believe them to be tainted.

“We are awaiting word from the Ministry and the Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) on the way forward, but I can tell you right now that we will be contesting whatever it is they come up with if we feel its not enough to solve the problem,” said Ntime.

He added that they don’t care if teachers and the ministry are now siding with one another because teachers have proven unreliable when they turned against their own unions. He said that the youth league has decided to involve itself because the dispute between the teachers, BEC and the ministry has affected the students and the future of Botswana’s economy more than anyone else.

According to the league, the outcomes of the exams cannot be trusted because of the reported flawed invigilations with instances where students came into the classrooms with cellphones and reading materials while others were bullied. He said that those that would have passed should not be happy because that would not be a true reflection of their work, while those that have failed should contest their marks because they might have been traumatized psychologically.

“At the end of it all, the whole process will leave a lot to be desired about the quality of graduates we produce,” said Ntime.


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