Minster of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Thapelo Olopeng has announced that government will increase the number of sponsored students from 11, 998 in the year 2017/18 to 13,490 students for 2018/2019 placement.
Olopeng who was officiating at the official opening Botswana Human Resource Development Skills (BHRD) Fair and Career Guidance Clinics said in a bid to transform Botswana’s economy from resourced based to knowledge based, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has challenged institutions of higher learning to review and develop programmes that are futuristic and relevant to the needs of the industry.
“The areas that have been prioritised for training are Health, Engineering, Professional Accounting, Finance and Business. We believe this will help the country to increase the number of industry specific skills to improve the chances of our graduates being globally competitive,” he shared. Olopeng said the government is now focusing on training graduates who can export their skills into the global markets and thus helping in diversifying the economy from the resourced based to knowledge based.
He further said as it stands there are 35 777 students who are under government sponsorship, including 522 students who are studying abroad. Olopeng said his ministry was allocated total of P4.5 billion from 2019/2020 budget and some of the money will be used achieve sustainable quality education, increase skills pool in the areas that have been identified as critical diversify the economy; and to ensure inclusive education and training system.
Minister said the establishment of Botswana International University Science and Technology (BIUST), the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) and the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) are just a demonstration of the Government’s commitment to research, science, technology and innovation. He said the institutions have the mandate to lead this country into innovation, which is a resultant of good academic, operational and industry linked research.
For the 2018/2019, the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology together with Department of tertiary Education financing (DTEF) has issued out cut points of 36 points for the undergraduates. Olopeng commended the private sector for their contribution to education and training. “There is no doubt that Botswana’s Private Sector involvement in education and training has helped to increase the level of financial resources committed to the sector and supplemented the limited capacity of Government institutions to absorb growing demand, “he said.
Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.
Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.
Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.
The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.
According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.
Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead. According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.
“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.
The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.
The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.
Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.
The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.
Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty. “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.