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MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT BRIEFS MEDIA ON...
31/01/14
Minister is naturally not happy with the results. They are contrary to Ministry’s expectations. Her motive is always to turn quickly the results around. Minister promised not to give up. This is an opportunity for her ministry to strengthen and intensify the battle for improvement. Ministry’s analysis shows that the results are a reflection of the damage caused several years back and interventions put in place will address these issues.

MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT BRIEFS MEDIA ON 2013 JCE RESULTS.

Minister is naturally not happy with the results. They are contrary to Ministry’s expectations. Her motive is always to turn quickly the results around. Minister promised not to give up. This is an opportunity for her ministry to strengthen and intensify the battle for improvement. Ministry’s analysis shows that the results are a reflection of the damage caused several years back and interventions put in place will address these issues.

Interventions / Strategies: (nothing new will be put in place BUT rather intensify and strengthen the already existing strategies).

1.    Public Meetings to be intensified: this is meant to engage the society, parents and the nation at large to be actively involved in the education matters and address worrying student indiscipline, which needs to be addressed both in schools and at home. Minister is worried by the parents’ attendance at the last year’s Education Therisanyo in Gaborone which was meant to address education issues as stakeholders. Only a few attended and to make matters worse some media houses made fun of the poor attendance, instead of encouraging parents to participate in such platforms.

 

2.    The Ministry will work around the clock to pass to parliament 4 remaining acts of the Education sector: These 4 will be put on the front banner. The Ministry hopes that they will be passed by October 2014:

·         Education Act

·         Teaching Service Act (to separate it from the Public Service Act)

·         Teaching Council Act.

·         Botswana Examinations Council Act.

 

3.    Ministry will continue to use maintenance budget to speed up the expansion of learning facilities, Housing units and increasing learning material.

 

4.    Conditions of service:

·         Levels of operation has been effected which addresses the issues that have been affecting teachers when it comes to progression. This is made to uplift teacher morale and hence their performance.

·         Hours of work are expected to be addressed by the Teaching Service Act.

 

5.    Teacher – Student ratio is priority for 2014. It has been a noted issue by the ministry while other issues were being addressed. Ministry is alive to the situation that class loads can contribute to teacher ability. As a result it will be noted as a key factor.

 

6.    Parental involvement in their children’s learning will continue to be on the priority list of the ministry. Parents have to be engaged through schools (open days), Public address, PTAs and Educational mentorship. It’s a major issue that needs attention. Minister strongly believes that parents should partner with the ministry in assisting children in the learning process.

The ministry intends to admit 26 000 learners out of 38 944 to form 4 in 2014. The remaining 12 000 or so will apply for other avenues like brigades, Technical colleges and BOCODOL.

Minister appealed to Media to spread positive developments and issues concerning the importance of education to both children and the society at large. The media has a role to play in sensitizing the nation about interventions put forward for the education sector. Also the education should be treated as a fundamental and basic right that should not be politicised nor used to score political points nor used for entertainment. All stakeholders, Ministry, Politicians, Media, community leaders and the nation have an active role to play in emphasizing the need to contribute positively towards the improvement of education of our children. The ministry believes that human resource is the next revenue earner for Botswana’s economy.

 

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