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Overtime allowance impasse won’t affect BISA games

Publishing Date : 05 March, 2018


Despite government’s decision to scrape off overtime allowances for all public servants, including teachers by April 1st, Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) is adamant its schedule for this year will not be interrupted in any way.

The association has acted swiftly to ensure that the government’s stopping payment of overtime allowances does not affect its carrying out its mandate. In an interview BISA president Joshua Gaotlhobogwe revealed that already, the association had submitted a budget to the Ministry of Basic Education and are awaiting the response. “We have made a budget to the Ministry though we were advised not to raise our hopes as the money could be credited in April (new financial year),” Gaotlhobogwe said.

BISA is mandated to develop athletes at both junior and senior schools, with teachers offering technical guidance. Although Gaotlhobogwe could not divulge details of the requested budget, this publication has been reliably informed that the association asked for P20 million. From this amount, P12 million will go to BISA while the remaining P8 million will be diverted to Botswana Primary School Sports Association (BOPSSA) events.

Both associations, it is said, have agreed on a pay structure to avoid squabbles. “For Sub-sub stage we will offer P500, (per day for two days) P600 for sub zone (two days), Zonal will be P700 (two days) and P800 for finals (four days) across board per day. However Gaotlhobogwe highlighted that teachers who feel like this would be exploitation will not be forced to render their services during the competition. “Remember BISA is an independent body which drafts calendars to schools (affiliates), not teachers but teachers are in schools If teachers feel its exploitation they have right to reject the offer,” Gaotlhobogwe highlighted.

He further added: “we are just helping because the government says if you work overtime you are compensated by leave days which you would get at the end of term so we believe what we will offer them is better.” The decision which is a consensus between BISA and their sister association BOPPSA will assist the two’s intent of developing sports from the grassroots and producing future sports diamonds.

“We are hosting COSASA this year and if we are failing to compete in these local games it will mean we won’t compete in COSASA games and it will be embarrassment of the highest order,” he said. BOPSSA calendar is currently ongoing with BISA activities also in full swing until July.



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