‘Under the tree’ classrooms rile ministry

‘Under the tree’ classrooms rile ministry

MASERU – THE Ministry of Education says it is concerned by cases of students who are being taught under trees and in church halls due to lack of classrooms.
This was said at the Education Facility Unit (EFU)’s three-day workshop that started yesterday.
The objective of the workshop is for the EFU and the relevant stakeholders in the Ministry of Education to introspect and chart the way forward.
The EFU’s main mandate is to build schools.

EFU Director Nathaniel Motaba said they want to evaluate whether they are still playing their roles in the ministry. The idea, Motaba said, is to advise each other so they can deliver on their roles.
Motaba said the objective of the workshop has to be understood as a “genuine process to look into one self in terms of what is the mandate”.
He said as EFU members they want to examine themselves without involving the consultants.

“This is a rare but yet a crucial self-reflection process to accord others who are relevant to criticise our own efforts in the fulfilment of our own mandate,” he said.
Principal Secretary Dr Thabiso Ralebese said the ministry is still facing challenges of schools that have no resources.
He said this happens mostly in hard-to-reach schools which are sometimes described as ‘church-schools’ because the teachers use church halls to teach students in there.
“That has brought pressure on the EFU,” Ralebese said.

Ralebese said the government owns both the government and the church-run schools and their mandate is to make sure that those schools have enough resources.
He said for these reasons the department of EFU is going to examine itself so that it will find a way to overcome the challenges.
EFU quality surveyor Thebe Tiheli said the mandate of EFU is to build schools.
He said they are focussing more in the rural areas “because as we speak there are students who share a hall, who are being taught under trees”.

Makhotso Rakotsoane

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