Tuesday, January 19, 2021

TCE students boycott classes

Hardly a week after a feud between Francistown College of Education students and their principal over unpaid allowances, another standoff has erupted at Tonota College of Education.

The Telegraph is informed that students at TCE have not been attending classes since Thursday. Tension has been brewing at TCE for some time, as students have repeatedly expressed disdain at the principal, Leonard Mutheto’s disregard of their welfare.

A member of the Student Representative Council said the school’s academic timetable makes learning difficult.

“The timetable is congested and students are unable to research and do assignments. Students are given assignments which require the use of the library and the internet, but they cannot use them because they are closed within 30 minutes after classes finish” he said.
He said they have tried negotiating with the school management for a long time, but to no avail.
The SRC representative said management also ignores other issues like the bad food and the poor state of their hostels.

“We have serious hygiene concerns because of the bad ablution facilities. The water system broke down last year, and management has turned a blind eye. There is no way we can produce good results under such unbearable conditions” he said.

TCE principal Leonard Mutheto refused to respond to the allegations, saying the Ministry of Education does not allow him to speak to the media.
He however said all the students concerns have been addressed, and the problem has been resolved amicably.

MoE Northern Regional Director Molebe Neo Morolong said she is not aware of the situation at TCE, but promised to make a follow up.

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