Dow Promotes Strategic Plan

| June 16, 2015

Minister of Education and Skills Development, Dr Unity Dow, has called on the community and schools to embrace the Education and Training Sector Strategic Plan (ETSSP), which intends to, among others, increase interface between schools and community.

Dr Dow said at her joint meetings with the area Member of Parliament, also Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele last week that the plan was part of her ministry’s broader strategy to turn the education sector around.

“The plan to be rolled out in January 2017 has for instance curriculum reforms that will necessitate more in-service training for teachers. It will also require change of mind set especially that it is going to put more emphasis on vocational education,” she said.

On heightened interface between school and community, Dr Dow said the two should work hand in hand.

“As school management you should attend kgotla meetings because you are part of the community where you are deployed and village leadership should visit you often to appraise themselves on issues of concern you are faced with,” she said adding the relationship would also help instil social values necessary for social cohesion.

Dr Dow also encouraged schools to have local heroes on their walls as role models something she said would not only help students identify with but would also go a long way in demystifying perceptions that everything foreign was a paragon of excellence.

The minister was concerned about soaring number of students who cannot read and write at forms one and two something she agreed has had an effect on poor junior certificate results.

As a result, she said something needed to be done forthwith to address the trend which was spreading across the country.

Equally disturbing, she said were thousands of students both at Junior and Secondary school levels who were roaming the streets because they could not meet cut off points to proceed with their education.

“We will have to also come up with national strategies to see that something is done to ensure that these children go back to school lest their future will be at stake,” she said that many such will be absorbed at brigades to further their education.

Dr Dow had earlier reminded Mmathethe Junior Secondary School to conduct themselves well and display high level of discipline at all times. Rights, she told them, come with matching responsibilities.

Southern Region acting director, Ms Maipelo Kesenye told teachers that her office was aware that many of them had stayed long in one area without being transferred.

Ms Kesenye explained that the ministry had not been able to transfer as many teachers as they would like to mainly due to lack of funds.

As a result, she said priority would be given to only teachers who had stayed far too long in one school.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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