Govt calls for more ed­u­ca­tion sup­port

Lesotho Times - - News - Retha­bile Pitso

“He told mr rakuoane that he first had to con­sult with Dr Tha­bane and ms rantšo and that he would con­tact the min­is­ter at a later stage.

“But it has now been 10 days since min­is­ter rakuoane talked to Chief ‘maserib­ane and we still await their re­sponse. They have not told us when and where they in­tend to meet with gov­ern­ment.

“it is there­fore, mis­lead­ing to con­clude that gov­ern­ment is silent on the mat­ter and that we’re not do­ing any­thing about their plight. We are wait­ing for them to make con­tact.”

The premier fur­ther ap­pealed to the op­po­si­tion trio to “com­mit to the prom­ise they made that they would meet with gov­ern­ment”.

He added: “But above all, i urge them to re­turn home. Gov­ern­ment is more than will­ing to pro­vide ED­U­CA­TION and Train­ing min­is­ter ma­hali Phamotse has called for more stake­holder sup­port in gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to bridge Le­sotho’s ed­u­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture deficit.

Dr Phamotse made the re­marks on Fri­day dur­ing a han­dover cer­e­mony of a new of­fice build­ing and four class­rooms to Liqoabing Pri­mary School. The fa­cil­i­ties were con­structed by the Le­sotho rev­enue Au­thor­ity (LRA) at the cost of m938 343.5 as part of its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gramme.

The school’s plight came to the at­ten­tion of the LRA fol­low­ing media re­ports that the school lacked such ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture as class­rooms ooms for over 100 of its pupils, toi­lets s and proper roof­ing for its build­ings.

The min­is­ter lauded the taxx au­thor­ity for com­ple­ment­ing gov­ern­vern­ment’s drive to im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion ation de­liv­ery sys­tem.

“The LRA has been very sup­port­ivertive to gov­ern­ment and the com­mu­nity ity of Liqoabing with this ini­tia­tive which clearly shows how re­spon­si­ble and car­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion is to Ba­sotho,” said Dr Phamotse.

“Dur­ing the World ed­u­ca­tionn Fo­rum held in South Korea last month,onth, it was dis­cov­ered that 20 per­centnt of chil­dren in Le­sotho have no ac­cessess to ed­u­ca­tion due to such rea­sons s as lack of class­rooms or far flung schools among oth­ers.

“it is gov­ern­ment’s plan to en­sure that all chil­dren have ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and learn in proper class­rooms with all the nec­es­sary fa­cil­i­ties. So, ini­tia­tives like the one the LRA has un­der­taken are welcome and need to be ap­plauded.”

She also im­plored the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity to be good stew­ards of the school’s fa­cil­i­ties.

“i would like to con­grat­u­late the com­mu­nity that is go­ing to ben­e­fit from this long over­due gift, and to fur­ther ap­peal to ev­ery­one in­volved to han­dle the fa­cil­i­ties with care,” Dr Phamotse said.

“Do not al­low an­i­mals to freely graze here or en­gage in any ac­tiv­i­ties that may dam­age the school.”

She urged the teach­ers to also de­velop new tu­tor­ing tech­niques and en­cour­age pupils to take part in sports to boost their well-be­ing. “re­mem­ber to al­ways set good ex­am­ples as chil­dren are most likely to copy from you,” the min­is­ter told the teach­ers.

Dr Phamotse also took the op­por­tu­nity to en­cour­age Ba­sotho to con­tinue pay­ing their taxes say­ing that com­pli­ance equipped the LRA with the re­sources to un­der­take more projects that give back to com­mu­ni­ties.

in his ad­dress, LRA Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Thabo Let­jama said the tax au­thor­ity was com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing gov­ern­ment in im­prov­ing peo­ple’s liveli­hoods and work­ing in part­ner­ship with all stake­hold­ers.

“We could not have achieved this pro­ject had it not been for the ded­i­ca­tion we saw from the prin­ci­pal of this school, mat­soanelo Lephoi, who went on tele­vi­sion to ap­peal for as­sis­tance af­ter she had knocked on so many doors with­out re­ceiv­ing any help,”

LRA Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Thabo Let­jama.

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