Government to extend maternity leave days

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Gaborone, Botswana: The Botswana’s women will soon have a four months leave of absence from a work for the mother to take care of the new ‘arrival’.

This was said by the Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness, Delic Sehunwe in the capital city of Gaborone during the launch of the early childhood development programme which is aimed at developing a profound positive effect on the child’s future. The event was sponsored by UNICEF.

The women in Botswana have in the past been entitled to 90 days (three months) maternity leave which is said not to be enough in the nurturing of the newly born child.

“There are many single mothers and they need more time with their babies before they can go back to work as the newly born child has no other parent to look after him or her,” said Delic Sehunwe.

On his address, the Vice President of Botswana, Slumber Tsogwane said the Ministry of Nationality, Gender and Immigration continue to drive the birth registration process to ensure that every child has a birth certificate to access all the necessary amenities. “The government continues to support access to Early Childhood Development (ECD) with the introduction of the National Reception Class programme. To date the reception class programme is offered in 590 schools out of 755 countrywide. Whilst we have made progress we need to work hard to increase access to more children especially in rural and marginalized communities,” said Slumber Tsogwane.

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