Problems that always surround the marking of final examinations are expected to hit again after teachers were ordered to apply for leave if they want to be markers.
Botswana Secondary Education Teachers Union (BOSETU)’s Secretary General Tobokani Rari said this decision by Ministry of Education, Skills and Development (MOESD) was very unwise because just like census, marking is a national assignment which should not require any leave days to be taken.
He said that there is likely chance that the upcoming marking be marred by irregularities because some of the qualified markers have exhausted their days.“The issue of leave was not discussed and agreed upon and we expected to operate like the way we used to not forcing us to apply for leave days,’’ he said.
Rari however said that they are glad that everything went accordingly during examinations as qualified teachers were asked to invigilate unlike last year where people were just temporarily employed without qualifications.
Meanwhile Rari, who was speaking in a press conference accused President Ian Khama for not taking education issues seriously when delivering the State of the Nation address saying that there are some issues that emanated from the address like deteriorating external examination results in public schools which the President failed to address.
He said that the President was supposed to talk of how the quality of education was going down and the effects of national strike in education. “He was supposed to tell the nation what caused the majority of students to fail and working conditions of teachers some of whom share bedrooms due to lack of accommodation in the schools.”
He said that the president mentioned that he was going to give priority to that but did not state the solution.