Minstry Explores Ways to Assist Students

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Dr Unity Dow says her ministry will continue to explore other ways through which students could supplement their living allowances.

That, Dr Dow said, could include encouraging students to take up non-permanent jobs to supplement their living allowances. She added that the ministry, however, had no plans to review book and living allowances given the current economic conditions, as well as the escalation of fees paid for tertiary training.

She explained that an arrangement was entered between the then University of Botswana Students’ Representative Council (US SRC) and the ministry where it was agreed that 20 per cent of the book allowance be paid directly to students while 80 per cent would be paid to the university.

That, she said, would be used to purchase books from a designated book supplier. However, she noted that in 2013 the ministry entered into discussions with the students’ leadership across all tertiary institutions whereby the option of introducing a card which could be used in more than one book supplier was discussed and agreed upon.

The agreement, she said would be handed over to Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) for implementation upon takeover of the functions of tertiary education financing.

The assistant minister was responding to a question from Gaborone Central MP, Mr Phenyo Butale who had wanted to know why students were not allowed freedom to source the required books from alternative bookstores.

Mr Butale also wanted to know if there were any plans to review book and living allowances for tertiary students.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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