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Nkate hails Botswana, China relationship

SEROWE - The Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Jacob Nkate, says Chinas financing of two primary schools in Botswana bear testimony to the relations between the two countries.

Mr Nkate said this at the ground-breaking ceremony on Friday to mark the construction of one of the P9.2 million primary schools that is expected to be completed in five months.

The two schools, to be built in Serowe and Maun, were part of the Chinese pledge to fund construction of 100 schools in Africa.

The donation cements the cordial relationship that exists between the two countries since independence, he said.

Mr Nkate said government appreciated the schools, as they would help ease congestion at government-sponsored learning institutions.

Though a high level of access to primary education has been achieved, some children still walk long distances to schools, he added.

This situation exists even in big villages like Serowe.

Minister Nkate said as Botswana considered education of a child a right, the Chinese support in constructing the schools would go a long way in the fulfillment of that right.

Chinas Ambassador to Botswana, Mr Ding Xiaoweng, expressed delight at his governments gesture, saying the schools would have state of the art facilities, including computer and music rooms and fields for various sport codes.

The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Brig. Dikgakgamatso Seretse, said he applauded China for the donation.

He said it was gratifying that one of the two schools was built in his Serowe North East Constituency.

He explained that the new school would ease congestion at Newtown Primary School, which has an enrolment of 800.

The new school would also make life better for some pupils, who travelled about 12 km daily to the Newtown Primary School.

Brig. Seretse described the situation at Newtown Primary School as bad because some pupils attended lessons under the trees because of the renovation work there.

ach of the two China-funded schools will enroll 320 pupils. BOPA

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