The Umbrella for Democratic (UDC) has called out government for failing to improve teachers’ living and working conditions. In a solidarity statement released by the party following the commemoration of Teachers’ Day, UDC spokesperson, Moeti Mohwasa, indicated that acute shortage of accommodation, lack of progression, and unfair transfers, limited further studies opportunities are some of the classic cases that have dragged on for years and have had drastic demotivation effects.
“The BDP government has refused to implement the 1994 Revised National Policy on Education recommendations which suggested a package of incentives for teachers and cautioned that teachers as agents of curriculum implementation can make or break the system,” read the statement.
This is not the first time the government has been criticized for poor work and living conditions of teachers. Several debates and motions have been brought forth by opposition Members of Parliament pleading with government to prioritize improving teachers working and living conditions.
Most government schools in Botswana have overcrowded classrooms, which is said to be the major contributor in teachers struggling to deliver effectively, consequently impacting negatively on the results.
They further emphasized that through their 2019 manifesto, the UDC is committed to “introduce incentives from teachers and improve the conditions of service and give the teaching profession the recognition and prestige it deserves as the cradle for the country’s future.”
“We also support the teachers call to be prioritized in the current vaccination campaign, and that they be provided with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as they are literally exposed to the multitudes of students who come from different exposed backgrounds.’’
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.