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Cllrs decry poor state of health, education facilities.

Central District Council (CDC) councillors have decried poor state of some health and education facilities at their wards.

When commenting on council chairperson's speech in Serowe on March 18, councillors said some government facilities were in a deplorable state.

For schools to up academic performance, pupils and teachers needed a conducive environment, they said.

The same was argued in relation to health facilities especially health posts which councillors said must be upgrading to clinics.

At schools, they said, furniture was dilapidated and in short supply hence some pupils sharing chairs.

Councillor Joel Sebina said excelling pupils from primary schools in his area of Mosolotshane and Moralane always posited poor academic results at Junior Certificate Examinations.

He decried poor state of boarding facilities at Mothamo Junior Secondary School in Moiyabana, arguing that pupils stood no chance to excell under such circumstances.

He stated that hostels were overpopulated with hazardous electric cables hanging freely as coupled by shortage of mattresses and poor hygiene.

Mr Sebina said some schools were not in synch with education officials who recommended that children from disadvantaged communities should not be turned back during registrations for primary school education.

He argued that such children needed to be tamed before they reached an age where they will have complete disregard for education due to their upbringing.

Councillor Solomon Cornelius called for concerted efforts towards changing mindset of some parents in his area.

Mr Cornelius said some parents encouraged their children to quit school and join them to harvest natural fruits.

He argued that schools in his area would never posit positive results if parents' mindset remained as it was.

He also called for upgrading of a health post at Mosu.

Mr Cornelius said health facilities that had maternity services were far, therefore residents had to travel long distances to be assisted.

For his part, Councillor Daniel Ookame appealed to government to maintain Moeng College.

He said boarding facilities were inhabitable, with shortage of mattresses.

He also called for special dispensation saying despite Mmachibaba Junior Secondary School falling outside the required 10km distance for facility to provide boarding facility to pupils from neighboring villages, a boarding facility should be considered at the school.

Mr Ookame further called on the Ministry of Health and Wellness to upgrade Ratholo Health Post into a fully-fledged clinic.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:Mar 19, 2019
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