Parliament Rejects Arone’s Motion

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parliament has rejected a motion that requested government to appoint a task team to establish whether all private tertiary institutions in Botswana have attained the required organisational attributes to provide quality tertiary education.

The reasons behind a motion that was tabled by MP for Okavango, Mr Bagalatia Arone were that since the mushrooming of tertiary institutions in Botswana, not much has been done to ensure that provision of higher quality education was provided through such institutions, and as such a task team should be assigned to see to it that they complied as prescribed in their accreditations.

He said the expectation of provision of tertiary education in Botswana was to provide quality education therefore, there should be a fundamental way of thinking regarding approaches that will lead to successful implementation of standards leading to quality education in Botswana.

He said, to determine whether the country was on the right track in terms of provision of quality education in private institutions there was need to establish such a task team.

Support the motion, MPs for Gaborone Central, Mr Phenyo Butale and Gaborone North MP Mr Haskings Nkaigwa said the authenticity of such institutions was questionable as the graduates produced did not show any skills after completion of studies.

They argued that some of the private tertiary institutions were bogus and did not conform to accreditation standards set by Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) and Human Resource Development Council (HRDC).

Mr Nkaigwa said the personnel at BQA did not have capacity to perform assessment as some did not have the required requisites to do so.

Mr Butale said there was no state of normalcy in the country’s education system and that members should respond to problems faced by the country’s education system. He said education was more important and that MPs should discuss the matter with the utmost importance it deserved.

Also supporting the mothion, Selebi Phikwe West MP, Mr Dithapelo Keorapetse, and Dr Tlamelo Mamatli of Molepolole South, and Francistown South MP, Mr Wynter Mmolotsi argued that education facilities were marred with a plethora of problems from inadequate learning materials, poor and understaffed facilities and unqualified staff which the task team should be able to unearth.

Also most graduates from such institutions were not able to find jobs because their former institutions were not recognized therefore such a task team should be to investigate the said institutions alongside the already existing quality assurance institutions, as they question their authenticity.

Meanwhile MP for Serowe South, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and Bobonong MP, Mr Shaw Kgathi opposed the motion arguing that the already existing quality assurance bodies were adequate to carry out investigations regarding organisational attributes.

The duo argued that Parliament passed BQA and HRDC Acts to curb ill acts that might be happening in the said sector to ensure that institutions stopped bad deeds.

Dr Venson-Moitoi said Parliament could be the investigative authority, arguing that setting up a new task team would be a duplication of efforts.

“We believe that education is another sector of the economy that needs to be nurtured to grow and it is a sector that can offer employment for young people in many forms. There are teaching aids, extra teachers and music taught in schools, and education is growing as a sector,” said Dr Venson-Moitoi.

Shoshong MP, Mr Phillip Makgalemele said education was key to diversifying the economy through the education hub hence it would be improper to set up a task team based on allegations.

He argued that it would have been better if MP Arone was asking Parliament to reinforce tasks given to the HRDC and BQA in terms of the measures in place before tertiary institutions were accredited.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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