MEC MATSEMELA MONITORS SCHOOL READINESS
Not even persistent rains could stop North West Department of Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela in conducting her impromptu visits to rural schools of Ngaka Modiri Molema District to monitor school readiness on Tuesday, 02 February 2021.
MEC Matsemela started her visit at Phenyo Botlhe Secondary School near Groot Marico and she was satisfied by its state of readiness. She proceeded to Nietverdiend Combined school, a Mega Farm school which is hosting learners from the nearby farms.
This visit is to ensure schools are compliant towards Covid-19 protocols.
“Today I am doing the unannounced visits to schools to monitor the conditions of our schools. Whenever I visit at any school I want to make sure that the necessary health and safety protocols of Covid – 19 are being followed. We have trained the Compliance Officers on Covid – 19 protocols and I am monitoring them if they are aware of their responsibilities. When learners start with schooling we do not have to be found wanting, but we should be ready. I have informed the District Directors to ensure that learner admission is concluded when learners resume school. I want teaching and learning to start immediately on the first day”, said MEC Matsemela.
MEC Matsemela concluded her monitoring of school readiness at Mathews Mangope Secondary School at Shupingstad Village near the Gaborone Border.
“I have decided to visit this agricultural focused school and I am very happy that learners are given a chance to do the practical work at the garden. This is one of the schools which is able to give us 100% pass in the matric results even though they are in the rural area. This year I want the agricultural focused schools to emphasize on exposing learners to practical work, our country needs people who will be able to produce food for the millions of people”, said MEC Matsemela.
MEC Matsemela during her unannounced visits to schools, she emphasized that she is responsible for all schools in the province and she is not selective to any area. She emphasized that Bojanala has many schools more than other schools in the province.
“I want to emphasize that I will visit any school in this province no matter whether the school is in the rural area or urban area. Rustenburg in Bojanala district has many schools and the results of these schools are able to boost the results of the province. Therefore, I will continue to support all schools irrespective of their location in this province”, said MEC Matsemela.
MEC Matsemela further emphasized that the department has employed Education Assistants and General Assistants to support teaching and learning at school.
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