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Friday 22 May 2015, 18:03 pm.
Dube chased from classroom

Former international 800m star, Glody Dube has been chased from the Tlokweng Teacher Training College, where he is studying for a three-year Diploma in Physical Education course.
By Staff Writer Sun 24 May 2015, 23:07 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Dube chased from classroom








Dube has been ejected from the college in his first year because of failure to pay fees. 

He has paid only one month's installment of the college fees. He told Mmegi Sport yesterday that after he was chased from the college, he rushed to his home village of Matshelagabedi to look for cattle to sell.

"I am afraid I run the risk of missing the examinations which are being written in a fortnight.

I must pay P8,000 a year," Dube said. The three-year course costs P24,000 excluding books and transport.

Dube who quit competitive sport last year blames the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) authorities for the mess he finds himself in.

"I approached them looking for a job. They advised me instead to enroll for a physical education course so that I could be a coach. They wrote me a letter pledging that they would sponsor me if there is any opening; but now the officials at the BNSC have left me in the lurch," Dube said.

The former international star said his attempts to source sponsorship from the Department of Student Placement hit a snag because they told him they do not have a programme catering for people whose academic progression were delayed by sports.

"They asked me what I was doing all along. When I said I was competing for the country, they said they do not have a policy for that. They even asked me to go and get a cover letter from authorities," pointed out Dube.

The Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) president Moses Bantsi said yesterday that he is aware that the BNSC encouraged Dube to find a college and study physical education.

"Dube came to us about the matter. We have since contacted the BNSC about the problem. When I was talking to the CEO, he asked for time to consult with his team. Hopefully we will have a positive reply from the BNSC soon," he said.

Meanwhile, Kitso Kemoeng of BNSC said yesterday that they cannot cater for Dube's needs.

He said Dube cannot benefit from the Elite Scholarship Fund since he has now retired.

He cannot benefit from the staff development fund since he is not an employee of the BNSC.

"He says the BNSC wrote him a letter committing the organisation to sponsoring his education.

I do not have the letter in my files. I have since requested the BAA and Dube to furnish us with a copy of the letter. If indeed the BNSC had committed itself to funding Dube's education, and we see that copy of the letter, we will take it from there," Kemoeng said yesterday.

Dube wants to meet the Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture Gladys Kokorwe over the matter.

He believes that he deserves government sponsorship like other citizens.



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