09 December 2018


NCOP assesses education and health care in Kagisano-Molopo


Kagiso Metswamere


23 September 2016

Bokone Bophirima's permanent delegates to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) say the province is making progress in building school infrastructures, but raised concerns about the recruitment of technical educators as well as proper sporting facilities in rural areas.

This observation was made during NCOP members' oversight visit to the Kagisano-Molopo Local Municipality in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality, as part of NCOP provincial week from Tuesday 12 to Friday 16 this month.

"We saw some positive achievements in schools we visited, but one concern we picked up, especially at the Tong Comprehensive School is the challenge of recruitment of technical educators, which must urgently be resolved," said chairperson, Boingotlo Nthebe.

"The school operates with a skeleton staff complement and inexperienced new teachers each year, coming from other provinces. We recommend that the Department of Education pay attention to this problem because it will permanently affect Grade 11 and 12 learners if it is not resolved quickly," Nthebe said.

The purpose of the NCOP visit was to receive briefings and assess progress on commitments made in terms of the delivery of education and health services in the province. The NCOP Provincial Week was held under the theme: "Following up on our commitments to make access to education and health care work for all".

Nthebe said better sporting facilities had to be constructed in rural school of the province.

"Schools we visited, including Temoso Special School and Tosca Primary School, do not have sporting facilities for their learners and we advised that the Department of Education and Sport Development correct this as soon as possible," he said.

NCOP delegates also visited facilities such as Tlakgameng Health Centre, Ganyesa Hospital, Kgokgojane Clinic and Phaposano Clinic. Even though they acknowledged some positive progress, they also found several challenges that included shortage of staff in some health facilities, clinics not operating for 24 hours as expected, shortage of ambulances and lack of professional nurses in some of the clinics.

In his report to NCOP delegates, then Acting Premier Sello Lehari, highlighted some of the critical issues regarding the commitment of the provincial government in improving the lives of the people, with a special focus on education and health.

Lehari, who is MEC for Education and Sport Development, briefed NCOP delegates on the five concretes the province was using to better the lives of the people and grow its economy especially on villages, townships and small dorpies.

"We are on track with regard to education and our matric results speak for us because we are always among the top four in the country.

"Where we are not doing well the Department of Education is hard at work, especially in our rural schools, to make sure that our learners get the best both in terms of infrastructure and education," Lehari said.

The Acting Premier said the province was doing its best to ensure clinics operate 24 hours, especially in rural areas.

Regarding the shortage of staff, he said the department has trained youth centre managers and professional nurses to ensure that residents, especially those in rural areas, receive good health care services.