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Debate 3b


Written Answers to Questions - 03 April 2001
RODRIGUES - DETAINEES IN POLICE CUSTODY - COMPLAINT
          (No. B/74) Mr C. Léopold (Fourth Member for Rodrigues) asked the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and Home Affairs and Minister of External Communications whether he will ascertain if, in the course of the month of March, there has been any complaint to the Police from detainees in Police custody at Port Mathurin Police Station regarding sexual assaults caused, or regarding sexual favours asked for, by a Police Officer and, if so, will he further ascertain if the detainees were minors and the ensuing actions, if any, taken thereon, and whether he will make a statement thereon.
          Reply: I am informed by the commissioner of Police that two young boys aged 16 and 13 respectively were last arrested on 22nd and 23rd February, respectively, for a series of cases of larceny, and detained at Port Mathurin Police cells, pending their remand to Youth Rehabilitation Centre in Mauritius.
The two boys have previously been arrested for similar offences, and released on bail, but they have continued to steal. They are children from broken homes and without parental care and control.
I am further informed that Mr Rex Stephen, Bar at Law, has made a statement to the Police in Rodrigues on the 23rd March, to the effect that his services had been retained on behalf of the 13 year old boy, who had complained being the victim of sexual abuses by a Police Officer. Prior to that, no complaint had been made to the Chief Officer of Police in Rodrigues or to other Police Officers.
An inquiry has been opened and I am informed that upon completion, the matter would be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.
RODRIGUES - POLICE CELL - INCIDENT
          (No. B/75) Mr A. Nancy (First Member for Rodrigues) asked the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and Home Affairs and Minister of External Communications whether he will ascertain if an incident occurred in a Police cell at Port Mathurin in the course of the week starting 12 March last at night and involving a Police Officer, indicating if any complaint has been made to the Chief of Police on the next day and, if so, why no inquiry is being conducted into the case.
(vide reply to PQ No. B/74)
RODRIGUES - COURT - USHER
(No. B/76) Mr A. Nancy (First Member for Rodrigues) asked the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and Home Affairs and Minister of External Communications whether he will ascertain if an usher is posted at the Court of Rodrigues and, if not, will he use his good offices to have one posted there, being given that the Police Sergeant who is performing usher's duties is on vacation leave.
Reply: I am informed that, at present, there is no qualified usher posted at the Court of Rodrigues.
In virtue of section 5 of the Court of Rodrigues Jurisdiction Act, a Police Officer, after being sworn in by the Magistrate, may act as usher in Rodrigues. As such, it is a Police Sergeant who is called upon to perform the usher's duties there.
In the latter's absence on vacation leave another Police Officer is temporarily performing the duties of usher.
Nonetheless, on the need arising, a qualified usher is sent there to deal with complex matters such as seizures, inventories, matters of securing assets, etc.
DWC WORKERS
(No. B/68) Mr M. Dowarkasing (Third Member for Curepipe and Midlands) asked the Minister of Public Infrastructure whether he will state if his Government has been made aware of the request of the DWC to make redundant more than 1,000 workers and, if so, will he state what action is envisaged by Government.
Reply: The Development Works Corporation has 500 permanent employees and about 500 contract workers. The DWC has no intention of making redundant any of its employees.
On the other hand there are some 900 Government PPE employees who are seconded to the DWC. The Corporation has made a request to redeploy these Government workers to other Ministries and Departments as it does not have enough contract works. Since 1998 to date about 320 PPE workers have already been transferred, and this exercise is still on-going.
Mr Speaker, Sir, I would like to assure the House that it is not intention of the Government to make redundant any worker of the DWC.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1989 - REVIEW
          (No. B/87) Mr J. C. Barbier (First Member for GRNW and Port Louis West) asked the Minister of Local Government, Rodrigues and Rural & Urban Development whether he will state if he proposes to review the Local Government Act before the next municipal elections for the purpose of giving more powers to municipalities and district councils.
          Reply: I wish to refer to the reply I made to P.Q. No. B/155 at our sitting on 31 October 2000 and to confirm that in line with the objectives outlined in the President's Address, Government will definitely review the Local Government Act, 1989, in order to enhance Local Government generally and to upgrade local authorities by affording them adequate means through a greater and more effective decentralisation process as well as the grant to them of administrative and financial autonomy.
My Ministry is actively working in that direction and Government will endeavour to introduce the new Bill at the earliest. However, as the task ahead of us is colossal, particularly in view of the need to adopt a global approach and to take on board proposals and suggestions from al the stakeholders, the hon. Member will appreciate that it is not possible to be precise regarding the timing for the completion of the exercise at this stage.
BUNDHOO, MR BEEDIANAND– CIVIL STATUS CERTIFICATE - RECTIFICATION
          (No. B/96) Mr D. Hurnam (Third Member for Pamplemousses and Triolet) asked the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and Human Rights whether, he will ascertain the reasons of the delay in the application for the rectification of an error caused by wrongly declaring Mr Beedianand Bundhoo, born on 07 March 1947, as being the person who has passed away when in fact it was Mr Beedianand Bhantoo who passed away as per OB 2585/97 Triolet and indicate (a) when the matter was referred to the Ministère Public and (b) when such error will be rectified.
          Reply: The rectification of civil status certificates is governed by section 50 of the Civil Status Act.
          Section 50(2) of the Act provides:
"(2) An officer or an interested party may make written application to the Magistrate of the district in which any entry has been registered for an order authorising the Registrar of Civil Status to amend an entry".
Upon receipt of an application by the Magistrate for a rectification, the latter refers it to the Ministère Public for its conclusion.
In reply to part (a) of the question, according to our records, no application for a rectification of the death certificate of Beedianand Bundhoo has been referred to the Ministère Public.
In reply to part (b), the question does not arise inasmuch as, according to information received from the District Court of Pamplemousses, no application has at this date been made.
INTEGRATED FARMING SCHEME – PRODUCT - SALE         
(No. B/97) Mr D. Hurnam (Third Member for Pamplemousses and Triolet) asked the Minister of Agriculture, Food Technology & Natural Resources whether his Ministry is aware of an integrated farming scheme which is presently being carried out in the southern part of the island and, if so, will he state what steps have been taken by his Ministry to control the nature of the products offered for sale to the public.
Reply: The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life is aware that an integrated farming scheme is being carried out in the south of Mauritius. I am informed that samples of the crayfish from the farm were analysed for microbiological purposes and the results have revealed high contamination by coliform and E-coli.
Consequently, in accordance with the provisions of the Food Act 1988, a Prohibition Order was served on 13 February 2001 on the company concerned, ordering the latter to discontinue with the sale of its crayfish. I am given to understand that the company is no longer offering these products for sale to the public. Health Inspectors of the Ministry are ensuring that the Prohibition Order issued is being strictly complied with.
RODRIGUES - FOND RADO-RIVIERE COCO & FOND GRAND VAR – WATTER SUPPLY
(No. B/136) Mr A. Nancy (First Member for Rodrigues) asked the Minister of Local Government, Rodrigues and Rural and Urban Development whether he will consider the advisability of rehabilitating 2 water springs at Fond Rado-Rivière Coco and Fond Grand Var with a view to bettering the water distribution in these regions.
Reply: I am advised that both water springs are included in the Rodrigues Administration's programme of rehabilitation of 26 springs/small dams in Rodrigues.
The rehabilitation of all the springs is expected to be completed by June 2001.
PRIMARY SCHOOLS – INFRACSTUCTURE - REHABILITATION
          (No. B/137) Mrs F. Labelle (Second Member for Beau Bassin and Petite Rivière) asked the Minister of Education and Scientific Research whether, in view of the fact that a great number of primary schools are in a deplorable state, he will state what remedial measures are contemplated by him.
Reply: My Ministry is very much aware of the need to rehabilitate and renovate the infrastructure facilities in primary schools. In this context, during the current financial year, relying on the availability of funds, so far, around fifteen primary schools have had their toilet blocks upgraded; fencing works have been carried out in ten schools; five schools will have had their yards tarred and upgraded. General repainting works have been carried out in some twenty schools. Moreover, important repairs have been effected to the roofs of ten schools. These works have cost a total of around Rs20 m.
          My Ministry intends to sustain these efforts during the next financial year and subject to funds being available, upgrade the toilet blocks of ten schools, fence off securely ten schools, have around ten school yards upgraded, carry out general repainting works at twenty schools and consequent roof repair at five schools. Other major renovation works e.g. replacement of naco frames and electrical works, will be carried out in some fifteen schools. A total of around Rs25 m. is expected to be spent on these works during the next financial year.
          Moreover, my Ministry has regional maintenance teams which operate under the supervision of a Building Engineer and three Technical Officers. Each team comprises Works Overseers, Painters, Carpenters, Plumbers, Cabinet makers and carries out sundry minor works in schools in the various regions over and above the major works I have just referred to earlier.
The fifteen school which have had their toilet blocks upgraded are:-
1. Beewah Madhoo G.S
2. Maheswarnath G.S
3. Petit Raffray G.S
4. E. Anquetil G.S.
5. H. Ramnarain G.S
6. Mohabeer Foogooa G.S
7. Brisee Verdière G.S
8. La Flora G.S
9. Bel Ombre G.S
10. Black River G.S
11. Beau Sejour G.S
12. Jules Koenig G.S
13. S. Murday G.S
14. E. Rochecouste G.S
15. Baichoo Madhoo G.S
DRUG ADDICTION – TREATMENT
          (No. B/138) Mrs F. Labelle (Second Member for Beau Bassin & Petite Rivière) asked the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity & Senior Citizen Welfare and Reform Institutions whether he will state what measures are being taken for the treatment of drug addicts.
          Reply: Drug addiction is a chronic and progressive disease that leads to severe physical, emotional psychological, economic and social consequences. However, drug addiction is now internationally recognised as a treatable disease which requires a specialised treatment through detoxification followed by a well-planned rehabilitation and relapse prevention programme based on individual, family and group therapy.
          Formerly the National Centre for Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts (NCRA), which was operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Health at the ENT Hospital in Vacoas, was providing detoxification facilities to addicts in the acute phase of their dependency and who badly needed residential care. Such treatment facility was of great support to NGOs as none of them could afford such specialised staff and appropriate medication. Drug addicts were referred to the NCRA where they stayed a couple of weeks and on their release the NGOs continued to provide counselling services over a long period of time to prevent relapse.
          Unfortunately in 1997 under the previous Government the then Minister of Health and Quality of Life chose to close down this important service. This closure has been causing a lot of problems to the NGOs because such referrals are no longer possible. At the same time the addicts have been resorting to a series of crimes to cope with their withdrawal syndrome because of a lack of appropriate treatment and medication. In fact, I want to stress that the latest figures from the Prison Services reveal that since the closure of the NCRA, the number of detainees convicted for drug offences has doubled. As regards the number of unconvicted detainees the increase has been three-fold.
          In view of these difficulties and in order to fill this therapeutic vacuum, I am seriously planning to set up a specialised treatment and rehabilitation centre with the collaboration of the NATReSA and the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life in the very near future. The site has already been identified, visited and agreed upon by officials of the NATReSA, the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life and representatives of NGOs. In the meantime, I have already had consultations with the Chief Pharmacist, the representative of the World Health Organisation and Dr. Jaggannath who was at the head of the NCRA to proceed with a reclassification of certain drugs to enable the NGOs to retain their clients in treatment long enough for proper counseling and support.
HOSPITALS – CARDIAC UNIT - PACEMAKERS
          (No. A/14) Mr S. Sakaram (Second Member for Vacoas & Floreal) asked the Minister of Health & Quality of Life whether, in regard to the supply of permanent pacemakers at the Cardiac Unit of Government hospitals, he will state –
(a) if there has been a shortage in the supply of same;
(b) the number of patients awaiting to be fitted with same; and
(c) whether any death has been reported and recorded as a result of a lack of permanent pacemaker.
Reply: There have been some shortages of pacemakers at the Cardiac Unit of Government hospitals. In July 2000, the hospitals were requested to confirm their requirements and specifications. After necessary clearances from the Central Tender Board an exercise has been initiated on 20 March 2001 for the purchase of 135 permanent and 10 temporary pacemakers. The closing date for submission of bids is 25 April 2001. In the meantime, 10 temporary pacemakers were bought on 2 November 2000 and five additional on 22 February 2001. Further, the Ministry made an arrangement with the Cardiac Centre to supply two units on 18 November 2000. There is no shortage of pacemakers at the Cardiac Centre.
          As regards part (b) of the question, 10 patients are awaiting to be fitted with permanent pacemakers at Victoria Hospital including four from Jeetoo Hospital. There is no waiting list at the other hospitals.
          No deaths have been reported or recorded for lack of a permanent pacemaker.
BARKLY AND MONT ROCHES – YOUTH CENTRES – IT & SPORTS EQUIPMENT
          (No. A/15) Mr M. Allet (Third Member for Beau Bassin & Petite Rivière) asked the Minister of Youth and Sports whether, in regard to the youth centres at Barkly and Mont Roches, he will state if necessary steps have been taken to renew the Information Technology equipment and the sports equipment at such centres and whether he will circularise a table of activities of such centres.
          Reply: There are two computers at Barkly Youth Centre and one at Mont Roches youth centre. They are in good working condition and are in use.
          The following sports equipment are available at these centres –
                             Footballs
                             Volleballs and nets
                             Petanque sets
                             Basketball sets
          These equipment are renewed as and when required following wear and tear.
          A list of activities organised at these centres is being circulated. (Appendix V)
COROMANDEL – FOOTBRIDGE - CONSTRUCTION
          (No. A/16) Mr M. Allet (Third Member for Beau Bassin & Petite Rivière) asked the Minister of Public Infrastructure, Land Transport & Shipping whether he will state when the overpass at Coromandel will be constructed, indicating the date of its commissioning.
          Reply: Technicians of my Ministry have carried out a survey and have recommended the construction of a footbridge across the Port Louis – St Jean Road at about 30 metres from the church of Coromandel. The tender documents for the design and construction of the footbridge are ready, and land acquisition mesures have started.
          The project has been included in the list of projects for the next financial year, and would be implemented if funds are made available.
MEDIA - INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS
          (No. A/17) Mr A. K. Gungah (Second Member for Grand'Baie & Poudre d'Or) asked the Ministry of Industry, Commerce & International Trade whether, in regard to industrial buildings owned by MEDIA, he will, for the benefit of the House, obtain information as to --
(a) the number;
(b) the activities being carried out therein
(c) the percentage thereof occupied for manufacturing purposes and
(d) whether any such buildings are in certain regions being used for residential purposes and, if so, whether this practice is in line with Government policy.
Reply: Sir, the information as obtained from Mauritius Industrial Development Authority (formerly MEDIA) is as follows -
(a) MIDA presently owns and manages 24 industrial buildings spread over 16 different sites across the island.
(b) The tenants carry out such activities as manufacture of garments, disposable medical kits, toys, jewellery and ship model, diamond polishing, watch assembly, printing and electronics assembly.
(c) About 96% of the floor area is being used for manufacturing purposes.
(d) In general, it is not the policy of MIDA to lease industrial buildings for other purposes than manufacturing or industrial activities. However, I am informed that MEDIA has, after due consideration of requests made to it, agreed to four of the tenants using part of the building as dormitories for expatriate workers on conditions that all clearances are obtained from the relevant authorities to ensure that health and safety norms are adhered to.
SOUILLAC MAIN ROAD/LA FLORA JUNCTION - TRAFFIC LIGHTS
(No. A/18) Mr V. Baloomoody (Third Member for Rivière des Anguilles & Souillac) asked the Minister of Public Infrastructure, Land Transport and Shipping whether he will consider the advisability of installing traffic lights at the junction of La Flora Road and the main road to Souillac.
Reply: I have instructed my officers to carry out a traffic survey at the junction of La Flora Road and the main road to Souillac to determine the need for the provision of traffic lights at this junction.
However, I am informed that presently the priority on the Souillac main road-La Flora junction is well defined and the road visibility is fair.
CENTRAL FLACQ - TRAFFIC JAM - REMEDIAL MEASURES
(No. A/20) Mr J. C. Armance (Third Member GRNW & Port Louis West) asked the Minister of Public Infrastructure, Land Transport & Shipping whether, in view of the fact that there is a huge traffic jam in Central Flacq, especially during peak hours, he will state what rapid remedial measures he is contemplating, either temporarily or permanently, indicating when same will be implemented and, if not, whether there is any committee at present working on a project in connection therewith and, if so, since when.
Reply: On 29 January 2001, I carried out a site meeting/visit at Centre de Flacq in the presence of my colleague Ministers of Constituency of Flacq & Bon Accueil with the main objective to find out and discuss on ways to improve traffic in the village centre.
After discussions, it was proposed to have a traffic bypass scheme mainly to avoid the circulation of buses within the town centre. In fact, it was found that buses could have access to and back from the actual traffic centre by passing through a proposed road which would pass behind the Auguste Volaire Stadium. This road forms part of a Master Plan which has been prepared and which will redefine the various activities in Central Flacq.
The objective of the Master Plan is to remove most of the activities from the village centre, thus reducing substantially the traffic congestion during peak hours. In the first phase, it is proposed to construct the access to the present traffic centre from behind the Auguste Volaire Stadium. This access will be about 700 m long and will consist of a bridge to cross at River Cere. The design of the access road and preparation of tender documents are in progress and expected to be completed by end of April 2001 and works expected to start by end of May 2001. The road linking this access road and which comes out near Kentucky will be considered in the second phase.
Another link road would be constructed to link the region of St Remi with A7 Road near the Flacq Lycée Polytechnique and help in reducing congestion in the village centre. The design of that link road commonly known as Chemin La Mare is completed and works and expected to start in April 2001.
I must add that another important study - the Flacq Bypass is presently being carried out in the context of the East Coast Trunk Road. The draft feasibility report has been submitted and detailed engineering expected to be completed in November 2001 and works may start in June 2002. The Flacq Bypass will greatly help to further reduce the number of vehicles moving from Moka towards the east or from the north towards the south and which, now have to transit through Flacq village.
The Master Plan has also provided for an integrated and modern traffic centre with parking areas for taxi, lorries and a new market fair.
GOVERNMENT PUBLICITY – PUBLICATION IN NEWSPAPERS
          (No. A/21) Mr I. Collendavelloo (Third Member for Mahebourg & Plaine Magnien) asked the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence & Home Affairs and Minister of External Communications whether he will make a statement on the criteria which are adopted to decide in which newspapers and periodicals Government publicity for notices etc. will be published, and table a breakdown of expenditure on such Government publicity per newspaper for the period July 2000 to February 2001.
          Reply: Government paid publicity is allocated to all dailies and weeklies which have appeared continuously over a period of three months.
          The criteria normally used are the degree of importance of the communiqué legal requirements, date limits, circulation of the respective newspapers and target population.
          Information regarding expenditure on Government paid publicity per newspaper for the period July 2000 to February 2001 is being compiled and will be placed in the Library of the Assembly as soon as it is ready.
ROAD ACCIDENTS (FATAL) - JULY 2000-FEBRUARY 2001
          (No. A/22) Mr I. Collendavelloo (Third Member for Mahebourg & Plaine Magnien) asked the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence & Home Affairs and Minister of External Communications whether he will, for the benefit of the House, give the number of fatal road accidents for the period July 2000 to February 2001.
          Reply: From July 2000 to February 2001, 113 fatal road accidents have occurred in which 115 persons have been killed.
CONSTITUENCY NO. 4 – SPORTS COMPLEX & INFRASTRUCTURES - AUDIT
          (No. A/23) Mr M. Chumroo (First Member for Port Louis North & Montagne Longue) asked the Minister of Youth & Sports whether he will state if an audit of the sports complex and infrastructures in Constituency No. 4 has been carried out and whether he will make a statement thereon indicating –
(a) the state of the existing ones and whether he proposes to arrange for them to be repaired and improved; and
(b) if he intends to arrange for any new such infrastructures in the constituency.
Reply: An audit of all sports infrastructures has been carried throughout the country on the basis of the sports regions defined in the Sports Act.
The audit covered all sports infrastructures belonging to Central Government, local authorities and the private sector including sugar estates. The audit has revealed that not all infrastructures are in good conditions, but repairs and improvement would have to be effected by the parties concerned.
As regards part (b) of the question, the priority of my Ministry is to provide sports infrastructures at national level. However, efforts are also being made to provide adequate facilities in all the sports regions, subject to availability of funds.
SOCIAL AID/PENSION TO NEEDY PERSONS – CRITERIA
(No. A/24) Mr M. Dowarkasing (Third Member for Curepipe & Midlands) asked the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity & Senior Citizen Welfare and Reform Institutions whether he will state the criteria established by his Ministry for the allocation of social aid and of pension to needy persons and whether he proposes to bring changes thereto.
Reply: The criteria established for the allocation of social aid are:-
(i) First, the profile of the person eligible as set in the Social Aid Act is – any person who, as a result of:
(a) any physical or mental disability;
(b) any sickness or accident certified by an approved medical practitioner;
(c) abandonment by his spouse; or
(d) any sudden loss of employment which has lasted continuously for not less than six months,
is temporarily or permanently incapable of earning adequately his livelihood and has insufficient means to support himself and his dependants, shall be qualified to claim social aid.
Secondly, an assessment is done on the basis of the needs and resources of the applicant and his dependants. Where the needs exceed the income, the difference is payable as social aid. For the calculation of needs, a prescribed amount is allocated to the applicant and dependant member of the family. The amount prescribed, is set by regulations under the Social Aid Act, and is annually reviewed by the Ministry of Finance.
As regards eligibility for pensions, you may wish to note that these are applied universally, and not only to the needy. They are as follows:-
(a) Basic retirement pension     any person who has reached the age of 60 and resides in Mauritius.
(b) Basic widows pension          any widow under the age of 60 and who has been civilly or religiously married.
(c) Basic invalid pension           any person between the age of 15-60 and is incapacitated by 60% for one year or more.
(d) Basic orphan's pension        for orphans up to the age of 15 (for those between 15 and 20) receiving full-time education).
My Ministry is presently reviewing the Social Aid Act to make it more responsive to the needs of the vulnerable group.
CONSTITUENCY NO. 17 - CPE STUDENTS - PERFORMANCE
          (No. A/25) Mr M. Dowarkasing (Third Member for Curepipe and Midlands) asked the Minister of Education and Scientific Research whether he will state the performance of the students of the different primary schools located in constituency No. 17 at the 2000 CPE examinations and indicate the number of repeaters who came out successfully at same.
          Reply: The performance of the students of the different primary schools located in constituency No. 17 at the 2000 CPE examinations is as shown below -
S.N.
Schools in Constituen-cy No. 17
No. who sat for CPE (including repeaters)
No. of passes
% of Passes
1
Cité Atlee GS
115
59
51.3
2
Dubreuil GS
58
25
43
3
Henrietta GS
50
30
60
4
James Toolsy GS
160
118
73.75
5
Midlands GS
66
39
59
6
La Confiance RCA
168
145
87.5
7
Robinson Rd GS
71
49
69
8
St. Esprit RCA
171
101
59
9
St Jean Bosco RCA
134
87
70.4
10
Ste Therese RCA
102
68
66.6
11
Wooton GS
97
55
56.8
The number of repeaters who came out successfully at same exams is as follows -
S.N.
Schools in Constituen-cy No. 17
No. of Repeaters who sat for CPE
No. of Repeaters who passed
% of Passes
1
Cité Atlee GS
35
20
57.1
2
Dubreuil GS
21
4
19
3
Henrietta GS
11
1
9
4
James Toolsy GS
26
15
57.6
5
Midlands GS
10
3
30
6
La Confiance RCA
17
11
64.7
7
Robinson Rd GS
18
11
61
8
St. Esprit RCA
33
9
27
9
St Jean Bosco RCA
31
1
3
10
Ste Therese RCA
23
17
73.9
11
Wooton GS
16
6
37.5
SPECIAL SUPPORT SCHOOLS - CPE PASS RATE, STAFFING, ETC.
(No. A/26) Mrs F. Labelle (Second Member for Beau Bassin and Petite Rivière) asked the Minister of      Education and Scientific Research whether in regard to the problem of staffing in schools of the ZEP, he will state what action he proposes to initiate to avoid such a disturbing situation for the children attending such schools.
Reply: We no longer have ZEP schools. However, the Ministry provides special assistance to Special Support Schools found in deprived regions and where the percentage of pass rate at CPE exams have not exceeded 40% over the last five years.
We have not had reports of generalised staffing problems in these schools where adequate teaching and non-teaching staff have been posted.
As an incentive, teaching staff, namely Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Teachers are paid a monthly allowance of Rs1,000.
Staff of Special Support Schools are rotated every 3 years and new teaching staff from other schools, including high-performing schools are given the opportunity to serve in Special Support Schools.
MOKA - EX-CHA HOUSES
(No. A/27) Mrs F. Labelle (Second Member for Beau Bassin and Petite Rivière) asked the Minister of      Housing and Lands whether he will state what actions he proposes to take in regard to the unoccupied houses belonging to the ex-CHA and situated at Moka.
Reply: The unoccupied houses of the ex-CHA at Moka have fallen in a decrepit state and are a potential source of danger. The Ministry of Housing and Lands is, therefore, proposing to pull down these houses and to use the subject site for a housing project for the middle class families.