Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) completed the second historic countrywide tour yesterday (Friday) in their bid to educate the public about the BQA mandate and services. Also key to it was to sensitize the public about transitional arrangements that BQA is undergoing.
The general public was advised to verify that the education training providers they enroll with are registered by BQA and that their programmes are accredited. The tour which started on the 5th November to the 17th was another huge milestone and a success story by BQA after the first one which started from August 9th to September 2nd2017.
The tour which began two weeks ago at Letlhakane ended in Mahalapye on Friday having visited Masunga, Tutume, Francistown, Selibe Phikwe, Bobonong, Serowe and Mahalapye. The first tour was mainly stakeholder engagements and embraced largely by Education and Training Providers (ETPs). The second one which to some degree focused mostly on the central district comprised of two sessions a day; Kgotla meetings in the morning where they fully engaged with parents mostly and road show activations in the afternoon where they pulled large crowds which comprised mainly of the youth.
It has become evident during Kgotla meetings that many parents have become victims of fly by night schools that operate parallel to BQA and in the process losing more money trying to educate their children. Similar cases were cited by many parents in different villages who continue to be victims of this growing cartel.
During their presentations they assured Batswana that the institution is committed to processing accreditation of higher education learning programmes with enrolled learners and has drawn a project plan to structure and monitor the exercise. They advised the public that ETPs are legally allowed to enroll learners in programmes that are currently registered, approved or accredited until December 2017.
The transitional arrangement as provided for by Regulation 22 of the Botswana Qualifications Authority (Registration and Accreditation of Learning Programmes) Regulations, 2016, which states that “an education and training provider who, at the coming into operation of these Regulations, which was 4th January 2017, has been carrying on the business or activity of the education and training shall within 12 months of the coming into operation of these Regulations comply with the provisions of these regulations”.
Furthermore the public was educated on evaluation of qualifications. Following several cases of forgery where people forge qualifications for better paying jobs and high positions, BQA can tap in to verify the authenticity of local and external qualifications and compare external qualifications with Botswana qualifications. It is a process of analyzing external qualifications in terms of their country of origin and context. The process leads to recommendations which inform the process of recognition.
To drive home the message amongst the youth, this time around BQA brought a road show truck with big sound system and an energetic band that always pulled the crowd wherever they go. The tour was a huge success and yet another historic milestone achieved by Botswana Qualification Authority in the year 2017.
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.