Education to Focus On Practicals – Minister

| June 15, 2015

The education system will put more focus on practical subjects at junior secondary schools to help students identify their talents, the Minister of Education and Skills Development, Dr Unity Dow has said.

Speaking at the Monwane Primary School Adopt-a-School handover ceremony in Letlhakeng Sub-district, Dr Dow said it would allow students to make a choice of whether to pursue academics or practicals when they reached senior secondary schools.

She added that her ministry had formulated strategy 2020 to run for five years, starting this year.

The strategy, she said, comprised 11 key priorities, among them improving the quality and relevance of education, impact life-long learning, education management as well as equitable access to education.

Minister Dow applauded Khumo Properties for adopting Monwane Primary School, saying by so doing they had fulfilled a number of priorities under strategy 2020.

She also encouraged parents and teachers to instil in students the spirit of appreciation, which she said could be demonstrated by taking care of what they had been given.

She said the Adopt-a-School initiative had come in handy in the development of education as it enabled the donor to stay for a few years with the school they have adopted, unlike in the past where the donation was a once off thing.

In some cases, she added that it did not even add value to education development.

Education Hub representative, Mr Billie Loeto said the initiative started in 2011 as a way to encourage the private sector and individuals to play a role in the development of education in the country.

Mr Loeto said about 500 schools around the country have been adopted. He aised people to stop the misconception that adopting a school should only be done by individuals or organisations that have money.

He said assistance by the private sector and individuals in the development of education was a good investment because they were developing the human resource that would likely work for thee very same companies.

Giving an overview of the project, JTTM properties director, Mr Mao Segage said they decided to invest in the development of education because it transcended all aspects of the economic landscape.

Mr Segage said they budgeted over P74 000 to assist the school under the initiative, which he said came in different facets to ensure appropriate implementation.

He said the budget had already been used in buying shoes for the whole school, books, starting the school garden as well as refurbishing one of the classrooms to function as a library.

He said their aim was to leave a legacy that would also be felt in the whole village.

Mr Segage expressed hope that their gesture would improve the school’s academic performance. Furthermore, he aised students to utilise the school library.

The headteacher, Ms Koosentse Mothudi said the school, which has an enrolment of 198 students, had seen its academic performance improving since 2011 from a 30 per cent pass rate to 68 last year.

Ms Mothudi also thanked Khumo Properties for their assistance, saying initially practical subjects, especially agriculture, had been a challenge because of pests that destroyed crops becuase there was no net at the garden.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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