The Minister of Education and Skills Development Dr Unity Dow
The Ministry of Education and Skills Development has finally gotten a nod to implement the Education and Training Strategic Sector Plan (ETSSP) from cabinet. The ETSSP will be implemented over a period of five years.
The strategy, which has been branded “The Education Strategy 2020”, was established following the findings of the 2012 situation analysis carried out by the ministry to diagnose deficiencies in the education sector.
The Minister of Education and Skills Development Dr Unity Dow told a press briefing this week that between 2012 and 2015, MoESD developed a comprehensive Education and Training Sector Plan which is aligned to NDP10 and the emerging educational sector priorities.
“ETSSP is a five year medium term strategy 2015 to 2020 designed to comprehensively and fundamentally transform education from pre-primary to tertiary level,” she stated.
The Ministry of Education has placed emphasis on; low academic performance at all levels, access and equity to education by all, quality and relevance of education, the alignment of curriculum to the industry needs, educational management, skills development for the economy, lifelong learning, multiple pathways at Senior Secondary level, and professional development, in an effort to turnaround the fortune of the country’s education system.
MoESD have also stated that the new strategy has also been aligned to vision 2016, Human Resource Development Strategy 2009-2022, Botswana Excellence Strategy, Revised National Policy in Education (1994), Inclusive Education policy (2012) and Revised National Policy on Vocational Education and Training (1997).
The aim of the strategy is also to ensure that Botswana’s education sector provide quality, relevant and sustainable lifelong education which is globally competitive, so as to transform Botswana from a resource based to a skill and knowledge based society.
With the implementation of the strategy commencing, it is expected that after a five year period, MoESD would have made significant strides, including universal completion of basic quality education for all, equity of provision and opportunity for all learners and enhanced skill development for economy.
The Ministry will also expect progress in transformed quality service delivery in the education sector, enhanced information management for quality decision making, and enhanced educational governance.
MoESD has partnered with European Union and UNICEF for technical support. GIZ and Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) will offer skills development support while World Banks will assist the ministry with skills development research.
The Ministry has stated that in preparation for implementation it is developing a comprehensive Implementation plan with milestones Key Performance Indicators and Results matrix. The Ministry will also develop a Risk Management Strategy and re-organize its regions for greater focus on ETSSP implementation, thus capacity building for change management.
As part of preparation for implementation of the strategy, the ministry will be identifying immediate key polices and strategic frameworks needed and will also identify priority programs to run immediately.
The MoESD has been faced with challenges in recent years which have led to debilitating declining examination results at all levels. The ministry has also been blamed for producing graduates who are not necessarily needed by the industry, leading to skills mismatch. The new strategy is expected will address some of the challenges in that regard.
The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.
The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.
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This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.
Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.