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Tertiary Education: Choices galore

Linkokwing University students at last year's Tertiary Eeducation Fair

Tertiary education is one important detail in anyone’s curriculum vitae which is why this time was taken to try and lure you into the journey of career choosing. There are several universities and other institutions of higher learning. All the tertiary institutions offer a range of programmes including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, as well as Associate degrees and Higher Diplomas.

The education system now empowers citizens to become the best producers of goods and services. It produces entrepreneurs who will create employment through the establishment of new enterprises. Public education is used to raise awareness on life skills, such as self health care.

Waiting for your form 5 results is one frightening experience that most people have had to endure at some point. Well this time around things are a bit easy because there are different tertiary schools that offer different courses and they even showcase themselves at career fairs so there is no need to worry.

All Batswana will have the opportunity for continued and universal education, with options during and after secondary level to take up vocational or technical training as an alternative to purely academic study. Education has been developed in partnership between the public and private sectors.

Years ago everybody knew the University of Botswana as the leading tertiary school in Botswana, everybody wanted to see themselves there. This has however changed over the years with the introduction of 100 percent citizen owned tertiary school (private) like Ba Isago University College and ABM University College and others such as Limkokwing and Gaborone International Professional Studies (GIPS).

These tertiary schools have done enough to boost the educational sphere locally. They actually made things easier for those people with who wish to study other courses besides those ones offered by UB.

Limkokwing came into the industry and introduced study of creativity, media and arts. These are some of the things that makes it different from other universities hence people with interest in ICT world and other discliplines enroll with Limko to make sure that they meet their career demands. Botswana has developed its communication capacity, particularly in the electronic media, radio and television. Batswana are now informed about the rest of the world.

All Batswana have access to the media through national and local radio, television and newspapers. All schools have access to a computer, and to computer-based communications such as the internet. If one wants to join this growing industry then, the best way is to enroll with Limkokwing University.

Apart from Limkokwing, GIPS also has set itself apart from others by offering business related courses only. If one is a Mathematics person then the best way is to get hold of the GIPS management, they will serve you well. Business minds are nurtured and actualised at GIPS.

University of Botswana has always offered a wide range of courses including the study of different languages like French and Chinese lately. In this way we have seen Botswana’s wealth of different languages and cultural traditions being recognized, supported and strengthened within the education system. No Motswana will be disadvantaged in the education system as a result of a mother tongue that differs from the country’s two official languages.

If you prefer accounting, institutions like Botswana Accounting College are for you, those preferring agricultural related courses, your school is just along the A1; Botswana College of Agriculture. All the tertiary schools in Botswana offer programmes that are different.

Studying towards an Associate degree or a higher diploma, which may articulate with a degree course later on, is a popular option. It is also sometimes possible to gain a course transfer from a successfully completed higher diploma or Associate degree into an overseas degree programmes with some credit transfer. Studying hard will help one to earn this privilege.

Now that the results are just around the corner students need to be specific and they have to know what they really want, looking at the market now. Let’s remember that the goal is to get a degree here in Gaborone and not the other way around. Avoid too much “menate”. Universities have seen a lot of students drop out because they have failed a few modules.

This is why it is so important that one chooses a course knowing what they want, not because they see friends choosing such. Good luck to all the students awaiting their form 5 results. Tertiary school life is waiting. Be the best among the best by just giving it 100 percent effort.

Keep in mind  that we now have a variety to choose from, Limkokwing, GIPS, Botho University, IHS, University of Botswana, Baisago University, Realic, ABM University College but to mention a few so take your time and choose wisely.

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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