The government’s move to deploy ministers to schools for assessments has faced sharp criticism from the Botswana Federation of Public Service Unions (BOFEPUSU).
Cabinet Ministers were last week dispatched to different schools across the country in a bid to understand what led to the recent poor Form 3 results.
Addressing the media yesterday, BOFEPUSU deputy secretary general Ketlhalefile Motshegwa said he suspected there was a hidden agenda behind the ministers’ visits to schools given than this is happening in an election year.
“It’s very surprising that the government has been acting silent on the declining results. It’s an election year and now they want to act like they care so as to get votes, “he lashed out.
Motshegwa warned that the move by Government to tour schools could be a tactic to lure potential votes from students.
He said there is no need for cabinet ministers to address students while ignoring their (students’) problems such as shortage of books and classrooms. “It’s very surprising that even president Khama who fears reading can go and address students. Parents should be very careful lest he spreads that fear to our students.” Motshegwa mocked.
He went on to state that previous probes on the examinations results decline have never been made public adding that in the interest of transparency, findings on the recent assessment should be released.
For his part, BOFEPUSU secretary general Tobokani Rari said such a move by Government clearly showed that cabinet Ministers have passed a vote of no confidence in the Education Minister Pelonomi Venson- Moitoi as well the country’s education system.
He said if there is anything that the government wants to know about schools, the Minister should be trusted to respond effectively.
“The Minister is the one who knows where there is a shortage of books, classes and other resources and therefore it is surprising that Cabinet Ministers are dispatched across the country to assess the schools. This is just a clear sign that they have given up on her and so we wonder why she doesn’t resign,” said Rari.