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Senonnori/Boro ward councilor Kenson Kgaga will retire a happy man following the announcement in council this week that the construction of a two teacher school in Boro which commenced this month will be completed in May.
Kgaga has for many years been at the forefront of a spirited campaign for Boro to get satelite primary school to relief young children from village from walking about 20 kilometres daily to school in Maun through harsh weather and dangerous wild animals.
Addressing the North West District Council (NWDC) session this week, chairman Kebareeditse Ntsogotho revealed that the Boro Two Teacher School project started on the 6th February 2023 and is anticipated to be completed on the 24th May 2023. He indicated that project is at trench excavation stage.
The project which was initially supposed to have commenced in 2020 was halted due to the COVID 19 outbreak and tendering process disputes. The two teacher primary school facility compromises of 1 by 2 classroom block, two LA 2 staff houses, kitchen, 6 cubicle toilets, school fence, water connection and electrical connection.
In an interview, the delighted Kgaga appreciated the NWDC leadership for making efforts in ensuring that education is easily accessible for young leaners in his area.
He reiterated that the children had to travel about 20km a day to attend school in Maun, a disappointing situation which he lamented is against the government policy that no child has to travel more than five kilometers to school.
“Children’s rights in Boro and surrounding areas have been violated for a very long time, I hope the construction will be completed within the set period for them to start benefiting immediately,” Kgaga noted.
Kgaga has indicated that though the school will only accommodate lower classes, he is grateful that the youngest children will no longer have to walk through the rain, scotching sun and surrounded by dangerous wildlife to access basic education.
“I have hope that with time, the school will be transformed into a fully-fledged school where all children will access school directly in Boro,” Kgaga said.
For his part, Kgosi Motswagole Mokgwathi of Boro village is also relieved that the school will address the situation were children were subjected to adverse weather conditions, wild animals and criminals while on their way to and from school. The development he added will also help the learners to focus on their studies without any challenges.
He further noted that having the school will restore the settlement’s population as most of the residents were forced to relocate to areas where their children could easily access education.
“Relocations have negatively affected availability of service as they are mostly determined by the population of residents in the particular area,” Mokgwathi stressed.
Meanwhile, giving an update on the construction of new fully fledged primary school at Senonnori, Ntsogotho said the tender for teachers’ quarters has been floated and will be closed on the 30th March 2023 while the tender for academic facilities will be closed on the 27th April 2023.