At the time we wrote this comment, 111 Matsha Senior Secondary School students were battling for their lives in hospitals following a horrific accident that happened on Friday afternoon near Dutlwe.
This accident claimed the lives of seven students when the open truck they were travelling in to their homes overturned. We are informed five students died on the spot while two were certified dead upon arrival at the hospital. These were young lives that were lost while transported in an open truck. Accidents like this have been happening in Botswana over the years.
Decades ago, the government announced that students would no longer be transported in open trucks. We do not know whether the change of policy to transport students in safe mode of transport like buses and combis was abandoned or not. But the truth is, schools especially in rural areas, continue to transport students in open trucks.
There is no reason students should be transported in trucks in this era. This country can afford to buy each school a bus. Every financial year, different ministries, including the Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD), return unused billions of Pulas to government. The country cannot claim not to have enough funds to buy buses for schools.
We do not understand why students in urban areas are