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Ministry conducts inspections

The Ministry of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development has conducted labour inspections at Regent Metsimotlhabe and Molepolole on April 14, 2016 and November 30, 2017 says Mr Tshenolo Mabeo.

Mr Mabeo said Regent Hill School in Block 9, Regent Little Feet and Regent Tlokweng have not been inspected  and that there were no plans for inspection.

He said out of a total of 33 non-citizen employees engaged in all the five Regent schools, 28 had valid work permits while three were found without valid work permits, and that two were awaiting the decision of the Regional Immigration Selection Board. 

Mr Mabeo said the employer and non-citizens that were found without work permits were fined for non-compliance to the law, adding that approval and expiration dates of all valid work permits issued to the 28 employees vary from 2015 to 2020. On the other hand, the minister said that permits of nine teachers were renewed once the rest were on first issuance.

Minister Mabeo said labour inspection teams addressed employees and employers on separate meetings followed by a joint meeting of employees and employers facilitated by the labour inspection teams to discuss issues raised on separate meetings.

He said the inspection teams did not separate employees by nationality, hence Batswana were not segregated from others during the meetings. 

He added that Batswana were at liberty to approach inspectors on any peculiar issues of concern. 

The Member of Parliament for Gabane-Mmankgodi Maj. Gen. Pius Mokgware had asked the minister to state how many labour inspections were carried out in the above mentioned schools and whether all foreign teachers employed at these schools had work permits, if so, to state the approval and expiration dates of their permits.

MP Mokgware also wanted to know how many times each of the foreign teachers’ contracts were renewed and whether the labour inspection teams addressed Batswana teachers to get information on how they were abused by the schools’ leadership. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : BOPA

Location : GABORONE

Event : Parliament

Date : Dec 06 Wed,2017

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