Mmegi Online :: Will John MacKenzie move?
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Wednesday 20 March 2019, 15:58 pm.
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Will John MacKenzie move?

FRANCISTOWN: Since its origin, John Mackenzie School has always maintained a regime of 25 pupils per class, but in recent years, they are being forced to buck the tradition.
By Staff Writer Thu 21 Mar 2019, 00:17 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Will John MacKenzie move?








John Mackenzie School is Francistown's first English medium educational institution which comprises both primary and secondary.

Though he appeared to play down the situation, the overall head of the school, Brian Riddin conceded that they want to relocate the school.

"We have always had a plot at Donga. The idea is to move either the primary or secondary school there, by 2010 to give either of them the opportunity to expand. Presently, there are certain classes, especially at Form 1 and 2 level, which are now over-subscribed.

"Some of these classes have up to 30 pupils although, ideally, we prefer to stay at 25 to 28 pupils.

"The thing is, we complete our admissions by September or October of the previous year, but to this day we still have parents who still come looking for vacancies for their children," he said. Mmegi is reliably informed that JMS is negotiating with Tati Nickel Mining Company to become a financing partner for the construction of the new

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premises. Riddin also disclosed that they had requested the department of surveys and mapping to re-survey the plot.

Last week, they had to turn away up to 50 dejected parents and guardians who had inundated the school looking for vacancies for their children.

It appears Riddin and his management were caught unawares by the economic boom that Francistown is currently experiencing due to the mining activities that have sprung up around Francistown.

With the boom came employment and transfer of professionals to the city which used to depend solely on shops and government ministries.

He said: "It looks like there are a lot of professionals in this town now coming from Gaborone, Orapa and other towns. Consequently, we have a citizen enrolment of 70 percent.

"We sometimes look at reasons why we have to admit a child whose parent came late. Like there could be a sudden transfer and suddenly the family would be in a situation where children would need a new school".

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