While the Government of Lesotho strives for quality education for all, some children especially in the remote areas are denied their rights to education.
Molatjeng Priamary School is situated in one of the remotest areas at Ha Molatjeng in the ‘Maletsunyane Constituency, it has about 53 pupils from Grade 1-7, share a hut as their classroom while the other one is used for storing school properties. It has only two teachers.
School dropout is very high because during bad weather conditions, like snowfall and rainy seasons school attendance becomes irregular when rivers are overflowing and children could not cross the river as there are no bridges. As a result it becomes very tough for teachers as they have to repeat the lessons so that children who were absent for weeks are not left behind.
The construction of Molatjeng Primary School started in 2010 in order to transfer children from the hut to a new building with wider classrooms and without sharing. However, since 2010, the contractor has not completed the project and is nowhere to be found and the community of Ha Molatjeng is left very disappointment.
The Minister of Development Planning Hon. Selibe Mochoboroane, the officials of the Ministry and the media toured the school and discovered miseries faced by the children and their teachers as well as the community of Ha Molatjeng.
He promised the community of Ha Molatjeng that he will talk with the Ministry of Education to address this situation. He further advised the community to work hand in hand to see that they continue building the school from where the constructor left it since he disappointed them. He furthermore said, the community of Ha Molatjeng should gather men from the community to to help in the building of the school because already the building is falling apart.