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P2 billion spent on private institutions

Ministry of Education and Skills Development has spent almost P2 billion on private tertiary education since 2012.

Answering a question in parliament, the assistant minister in the ministry Mr Fidelis Molao said the amount was spent on Baisago University College, Botho University, Limkonkwing University and Gaborone Institute for Professional Studies (GIPS).

The assistant minister said his ministry spent P557.7 million during 2012/13 financial year and P658 million in 2013/14.

He said his ministry spent P751.2 million during 2014/15 to sponsor students in the four institutions.

Mr Molao said his ministry was satisfied with the value of education offered by these institutions adding the quality assurance principle adopted by the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) was continuous.

He said the BQA Act provides for tertiary audits rather than inspection adding the audit cycle is 3-5 years depending on the quality of education provided.

BQA conducted audit at Baisago in June 2014 and the next date would be April 2017.

The organisation last conducted audit at Botho University in August 2015 and another is scheduled for June next year while an audit at GIPS was undertaken in November 2014 and another is due in September 2016.

Limkonkwing was audited in February 2015 and another would be undertaken in October 2016.

Mr Molao was responding to a question from Gaborone North MP Haskins Nkaigwa who had wanted to know how much Government has spent on private tertiary education annually since 2012.

Mr Nkaigwa also wanted to know how much was paid annually to tertiary institutions such as; Ba Isago University College, Botho University, Limkokwing University and Gaborone Institute for Professional Studies (GIPS).

He further wanted to know whether government is satisfied with the value of education offered by such institutions and how often inspections are done in such institutions to ensure compliance.

The Gaborone North legislator also wanted to know when was the last inspection done to the respective institutions by the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA).