Botswana Congress Party (BCP) parliamentary candidate for Mogoditshane, Chillyboy Rakgare has reiterated a call by his party president for the Minister of Education and Skills Development Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi to resign.
Addressing the media yesterday, the former radio presenter said that Moitoi was to blame for the recent poor Form 3 results as she had failed to address challenges faced by students and teachers.
“The JC results have been disastrous for the past few years, Mogoditshane has seen the worst with only 1 ‘A’ registered at Mogoditshane CJSS and none at Ledumadumane this year,” he said.
Rakgari continued, “Having outlined what in our view could be the challenges in our education system, we wish to call for the resignation of the Minister of Education and Skills development and her assistant.
They have failed to fulfill their mandate which is to provide our children with good quality education. The future of our children looks bleak, it’s all doom and gloom.” Rakgari added that the BCP is arranging for a peaceful demonstration against the two.
Venson-Moitoi recently lashed out at political critics who have called for her resignation. She said the responsibility to make Botswana’s education a success is not hers alone as it also involves parents. Venson- Moitoi said critics should not treat education as a political or entertainment matter.
BCP president and leader of opposition Dumelang Saleshando, when responding to this year’s budget speech, had said President Ian Khama’s administration ignores the importance of a solid foundation in a child’s education.
He had expressed concern that the Vision 2016 Pillar of an educated nation may not be realized should the education system continue to produce poor results.
Meanwhile, on the issue of shortage of land in the country Rakgari said when given an opportunity to govern Botswana the BCP would embark on a massive land allocation and servicing programme in all major centres.
“We would establish a system of land administration which is fair, efficient, decentralized, transparent and accountable to the people it is meant to serve, and also undertake a comprehensive land audit with a view to determine land ownership in Botswana. This land belongs to Batswana,” he said.