School sport talks collapse

No progress: There is no sign of immediate return for school sport FILE PIC
No progress: There is no sign of immediate return for school sport FILE PIC

The future of school sport remains unclear as talks between the Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU), the Botswana Teachers Union (BTU), and the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Culture and Gender (MYSC) have reportedly collapsed.

The three bodies met on October 8 in the presence of Minister Tumiso Rakgare but there was no progress. According to the minutes of the meeting, the MYSC's permanent secretary, Kitso Kemoeng chaired the meeting.

“In his opening statement, Kemoeng said he does not think we are the right body to be discussing issues of school sport since there are ongoing discussions that look at resuscitating the Bargaining Council, the view of the Public Service Act, and that school sport will return to the Ministry of Basic Education,” the meeting minutes read. Kemoeng informed the unions that the MYSC had been advised by the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) not to negotiate with them on issues of school sport.

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