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BOPPSA, BISA welcome teachers overtime allowance


The Botswana Primary School Sports Association (BOPSSA), and its sister Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) have expressed relief over the government’s releasing of P7 million to be paid towards teacher’s overtime allowances.


Last month, the government announced that overtime allowances for teachers in sports would be paid, temporarily putting to bed, and allowing for sports in schools to proceed with minimal hiccups.  


Already, government schools have missed out on athletics competitions which take place during the first term, from January to March.


Previously, teachers’ unions had advised teachers to abstain from extra-curricular activities until they are paid overtime allowances for their participation.


According to the BOPSSA President Busani Segweni, they are very delighted with the development as they will polish future medalists of this country at the international arena. “The dust has finally settled and we at BOPSSA are very happy with this as our teachers are rearing to go to the grounds and to what they love – identifying and polishing future athletes that will go on to put Botswana on the sporting map.”


Segweni however could not hide the fact that the first term break had cost them as they lost out in training future athletes. He further noted that this could have de-motivated teachers as they may drag their feet to train the kids.

“You see, the rest we had could have broken the momentum and teachers may not be as active as one would like them to be,” he explained. Thus far the preparations for the zonal competitions are in full swing while the national competitions are scheduled for the 12-18 of July in Serowe.


BISA President, Joshua Gaotlhobogwe also expressed his delight over the commencement of the games but added that they are facing challenges with regards to logisticals like transport. “Everything is on point but we have glitches like shortage of transport but we shall overcome,” he said.


BISA has two categories; junior and senior schools, junior school finals that are billed for the 11-14 while the senior finals will be hosted on the 15-18 of July. Even though the games faced much uncertainty, Gaotlhobogwe promised exciting games as usual and also highlighted that teachers and students have been thirsty for the competitions.


According to the associations, some teachers are yet to be given their overtime dues, while in other schools teachers have already started getting their balances.

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