Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Dr. Unity Dow gave praise to teachers at The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)’s Annual National and Guidance Counsellors Open Day, which was held in Palapye this week.
The keynote speaker Dr. Dow stated that children are left under their teacher’s care; giving teachers another role of parenting. She went on to make the public aware of parents who do not want to be part of their children’s educational life thus making them only parents instead of being teachers as well at home. It is advised that all parents should be teachers, not by profession but humanly.
“When you see the success of your students, applaud yourself because it shows that somebody did something right somewhere,” said the assistant Minister.
Open Day is a capacity building initiative of the University designed to improve the quality of guidance and counselling tuition in both public and private senior secondary schools in Botswana so as to meaningfully boost the human resource capital development of the country.
Dr. Dow said the Ministry of Education and Skills Development takes responsibility for a human being from the age of 5 years until they are about 25 year, indicating that it is a major responsibility.
Guidance and counselling teachers were presented with various awards as a way of supporting them and encouraging them in their work. There were four awards in which nominees were competing for. Outstanding Guidance and Counsellor Award was won by Thatayaone Modise from Selibe Phikwe Senior Secondary School while Boikhutso Majage from Naledi Senior Secondary School scooped the Distinguished Service In Guidance and Counsellor Award. Being a visually impaired, she expressed her feelings and encouraged others to work towards getting the same award.
The Emerging Guidance and Counsellor Award went to Moshupa Senior Secondary School’s Olefile Sebetela who at the moment, is working on one of his community projects dubbed “Bana ba Mmu Centre for Hope”. Lastly, The Guidance and Counsellor Project of the year Award was given to Grace Kutoro who raised funds for a kidney failure patient.
A tour of the three colleges within BIUST was taken right after each dean from the three had given a brief of what the public should expect for their children. BIUST has received application forms from other countries including Asian continent. The school aims to be the centre of excellence in engineering, science and Information, communication Technology, producing employment ready and globally competitive graduates.
The event featured exhibitions, from different organisations such as Botswana Student Network (BSN), All Brilliant Minds Organisation (ALBRIMO) and Motor Vehicle Fund (MVA). The day’s activities included expert talks on various subjects ranging from job market economics to substance abuse among students, as well as a tour Morupule power plant.
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”