Botswana Strives for Knowledge-Based Economy

| June 17, 2015

Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Moiseraele Goya, says the key national development goal is to move from a resource-driven economy to a highly diversified knowledge-based one.

He said to achieve this national development agenda, there was an urgent need to invest in the education and training sector. He said the move would also reverse present poverty levels and restore the dignity of Batswana.

“The existence of Daisyland Pre-primary School is a very welcome development. Daisyland Pre-School could not have come at a better time considering that our own government has since embarked on a robust programme of ensuring that all eligible learners have access to quality education and training at an early stage,” he said.

The assistant minister stated that significant achievements had already been made in increasing access to education and training at all levels. He said statistics showed that Botswana was getting close to achieving the Millennium Development Goal of Universal Primary Education.

“Transition from primary school to junior secondary education is almost 100 percent, and at the end of form three, almost seven out of 10 learners proceed to senior secondary school at form four,” he said.

Mr Goya said while a lot has been achieved, the government cannot deny that a lot more is yet to be done. He cited that participation in pre-primary education remains a big challenge.

He said at present, only 20 percent of eligible children, mainly in urban areas, are enrolled in pre-school.

This, he said means that about 80 percent of eligible, potential pre-primary school candidates remain un-served.

“This situation calls for immediate and swift attention. To address this issue, government has started running reception classes in public schools with surplus classrooms,” he said.

He added that his ministry further intends to roll out reception classes in all the 755 primary schools in the country by 2018. “This may sound ambitious but this is what we are committed to do at all costs.

I am convinced that to build a g education to address the present challenge of under achievement in our public schools requires a g foundation, and that foundation is a g Early Childhood Education and Care (ECCE),” he added.

Mr Goya also stated that the government continues to have faith in the private sector as an engine of economic growth and to enhance participation of the private sector in the development process.

The government will spare no effort in ensuring an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive and prosper.

“I am particularly delighted that I am here to witness another effort by the private sector to enhance our goal of reshaping the future through education. I would like to pay tribute to the private sector for supporting our national development agenda.

Through the Adopt A School initiative, my ministry continues to receive overwhelming support from the private sector and other patriotic forces in the country.

I wish Daisyland Pre-School success in this journey,” he said. For his part, the Deputy Mayor of Selebi Phikwe Mr Molefi Pilane urged parents to play a role in the education of their children.

He aised them not to solely leave their children’s education to teachers. He also noted that it is time for the country to move away from over-reliance on mineral resources to developing human capital for sustainable economic growth.

The owner of Daisyland Pre-School, Mrs Sharon Tshegofatso said the school was initiated in 2009 with funding from the National Development Bank.

She said at the school, they teach children the basics of the human socialisation process, basic life skills and elementary education. She went on to thank government, through NBD, for the financial assistance.

The event was also attended by the President of Kagiso Customary Court, Mr Mark Thipe, who commended Mrs Tshegofatso and her family for playing a meaningful role in the country’s education system.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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