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Khama warns unruly students

President Lt Gen Ian Khama has warned that indiscipline and other social ills ravaging public schools will breed a generation of irresponsible citizens if it is allowed to continue unattended.

Speaking at the Botswana Examination Council (BEC) 6th Annual Excellence Awards, Khama said the occurrence of indiscipline in schools is worrying and contributing negatively to the academic performance of the students.

Khama urged parents to take a leadership role in ensuring that they raise disciplined children. “My government has made a commitment to confront indiscipline in our schools, which without, contribute to poor academic performance,” he said. “I call upon parents, teachers, civil society, clubs, and associations, just to mention a few to commit to building a better future for our children.”

Khama said committing to the children’s future is not just about buying them school uniform, dropping them at schools and providing meals and shelter at home. “It also involves instilling discipline, monitoring their character and school work, providing guidance and giving direction when it is required,” he stated.

The evidently unimpressed Khama said rooting out evil from any society should start from the foundation. Khama expressed his desire to see discipline being embodied early at home, at school and at the workplace. “The foundation of your life is your early years as a young person,” he said. “Go wrong then, and you may go wrong forever.”

The President pointed out that in the past communities would meet over contentious matters and discourse until a solution was proffered. He further said any matter that could be resolved at home would be resolved amicably through established structure s. “This could be done through the effective Parents Teachers Associations (PTA), extended families, local leaders like Dikgosi, Baruti and societies to mould and mentor our children,” he said. “This is the basis of our cultural fabric.”

Khama warned that while Botswana has been an envy of other countries because of its peace and tranquillity, the changes in the world have influenced Botswana’s culture. He added that some changes are negative and some are positive. “We should therefore be very guarded in the choices we make,” he warned.

Khama challenged the excellence awards recipients to lead their peers not only in academic performance but in character building, positive attitude and behaviour. “Some of our schools are bedevilled by indiscipline, vandalism, drug abuse and such other undesirable behaviour,” he observed. “It takes it that awards recipients here today, are a testimony that they have overcome the challenges that others succumb to while at school, and it is my sincere hope that they continue to be exemplary in the next phase of their schooling.”

Khama also told the gathering that government is alive to the fact that Botswana has reached a stage whereby she has to transit from a resource based economy to a skills and knowledge based one. Khama said the Ministry of Education and Skills Development recently launched the Education and Training Sector Strategic Plan (ETSSP) with the view of comprehensively transforming from pre-primary to tertiary education with specific emphasis on skills development to meet the needs of both the industry and the economy as outlined in the Human Resources Development Strategy (HRDS).

He added that the ETSSP is a long term plan to revolutionise the whole education sector in the country. “I should buttress that the strategic plan is not for the Ministry of Education, but for the education sector and the country as a whole,” he stated.

Khama presented the ‘Golden Star’ also known as ‘Presidential Award’ to the best overall in Botswana General Certificate for Secondary Education (BGCSE) examination, which was awarded to Dimpho Gosenyang. Gosenyang also received P5 000 as a personal contribution from the president.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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