Thursday, July 9, 2020

Ministry of Education makes another blunder

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development probably has another problem, emanating from the none delivery of learning material.

The material, which was supposed to be delivered to schools throughout the country, has reportedly not yet reached the students even though final examination are just around the corner.

Most schools say they have not yet received the learning material while, on the other hand, the Ministry says it had delivered the material.

The Sunday Standard is informed that the Ministry spent over P4 million to buy the material from the Botswana College of Open and Distance Learning (BOCODOL) to be used by the students before they sit for their finals.

It is being said that the final cost of the material is estimated to be around P30 million.
Simon Coles, the Acting Director of Secondary Education in the Ministry of Education, put out a press statement that appeared to contradict the issue on non-delivery of learning material.

“In our records, all materials for all schools country wide have been delivered except for English (some units) to the senior secondary schools,” he said, adding that “BGCSE material is still being printed”.

Coles added that “the printing of material is the only factor that has delayed” because there are instances when the publisher delivered to BOCODOL instead of to the senior schools.
He said all Junior Secondary schools were supplied with the material two weeks ago.

Coles further said the main purpose of the material is basically for self study for learners and is designed to allow children to read on their own.

“The so-called BOCODOL material has not been delivered to a number of schools, like Moeding College,” said Tobokane Rari, the Secretary General of the Botswana Secondary Teachers Union (BOSETU).

He said what both the Ministry of Education and the Botswana Examinations Council are doing to the children “is pathetic”.

Rari said that this year’s examinations will not be credible, based on the circumstances that emerged after the industrial strike that lasted for two months.

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