Boteti Brigade Has 39 Full-Time Staff Members

| April 8, 2015

Boteti Brigade has 39 full-time and 10 temporary staff members, the Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Kgotla Autlwetse has said.

Answering a parliamentary question, Mr Autlwetse said the number included one principal, one deputy principal and 16 lecturers, nine temporary lecturers and 23 non-teaching staff.

He said the principal had a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences while the deputy had a Bachelor of Education. Qualifications of lecturers vary from Associate Degree in Business Management, Diplomas and National Craft Certificate (NCC), he added.

Mr Autlwetse said temporary lecturers have Degrees in Accounting, Arts (Mass Communications), Business Administration, Computing, Architecture Technology, NCC and Diploma in Furniture Design.

He noted that the qualifications were requirements for courses offered at the institution but not necessarily the local economic activity. The programmes offered at the brigade had not changed from the time of its takeover, he added.

The assistant minister said he could not determine the exact number of students that have gone through the brigade since its inception because proper records were not kept prior to the takeover.

He said there were plans to align brigades and Vocational Colleges to offer new programmes demanded by the economy and communities through the TVET rationalisation exercise.

Mining programmes would be covered as well, but said due to the high costs of offering TVET programmes not all mining areas would be a mining institute, he added.

He said the DTVET has partnered with Botswana Chamber of Mines to offer mining programmes at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET) and Francistown College of Technology and Vocational Education (FCTVE).

Mr Autlwetse said there were artisans in instrumentation, heavy equipment, millwright and electrical engineering.

He said all courses offered at the brigade would be upgraded this year to NCC level and would result in the introduction of electrical installation, plumbing and pipe fitting, renewable energy and business courses. Boteti brigade currently offers borehole mechanic, bricklaying and carpentry and joinery and business skills.

Mr Autlwetse was responding to a question from the Member of Parliament for Boteti East, Mr Sethomo Lelatisitswe who wanted to know the number of staff, their qualifications and courses offered related to the economic activities in the area.

MP Lelatisitswe also wanted to know the total number of students trained by the Brigade employed by Debswana or mining companies in the area since inception of the institution.

He also asked if the assistant minister had any plans to upgrade the brigade to a Mining Technical College.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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