Limkokwing University of Creative Technology has shown interest in taking part in the rebranding of brigades.
Spokesperson in the Ministry of Education, Skills and Development (MOESD), Silas Sehularo confirmed that the university has indeed indicated interest in taking over the rebranding of brigades but they have not really stated the number of brigades they are interested in. “Their proposal has not been considered yet, because the ministry is still studying the proposal,” he said.
Sehularo said it is premature to state if the university’s request will give them access to assets and liabilities of the brigades.
He pointed out that the university was responding to the MOESD policy that seeks strategic partners to share facilities. Currently Ba Isago Institute has been offered some facilities to utilise at Maun Technical College. Also Botswana Chambers of Mines has been offered some facilities to utilise at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET) and the Francistown College of Technical and Vocational Education (FCTVE). “Limkokwing has also made a proposal to utilise some of the Ministry’s facilities just like other institutions.” Brigades were taken over by the Government in 2010.
The then MOESD Minister Jacob Nkate had raised a concern to parliament that the taking over was costing the Government over P249 million, hence partnership with other institutions were made.