Saturday, October 31, 2020

Gov’t failure to enhance education to match job markets slammed

The Branch Chairperson of the Botswana Secondary Education Teachers Union (BOSETU) in Francistown, Winston Radikolo, has expressed concern over failure by government to enhance the quality of education in order to meet the current job markets.

During the recent budget review discussion by the Botswana Council for Non Governmental Organizations (BOCONGO) in Francistown, Radikolo took issue with the government, saying that it is high time that government considers changing the school curriculum rather than splashing money into education facilities and equipment.

“In the current budget speech, government is considering to build more laboratories and to buy more equipment in order to address the issue of skills mismatch against the job markets. The issue with our education system is not more about facilities, but it as an issue of our school curriculums which need to be overhauled,” he said.

He added that if government does not reshape the school curriculum, the education institutions are going to continue to produce graduates who will not match the current job market demands.

One of the issues Radikolo raised is failure by government to take heed of the welfare of teachers. He said that if such a problem persists, the quality of education in the country will be compromised as teachers and lecturers will be de-moralized in performing their duties.

“One of the most important issues that government should note is that, should the welfare of teachers and lecturers continue to be overlooked, there is going to be poor output in education,” he said.

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