Govt calls for more education support
“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.