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.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.