By Pako Lebanna
The Ministry of Basic Education (MOBE) and the World Bank are prepared to work together on implementing critical education reforms that will benefit the economy of Botswana. This was revealed by officials of the two institutions during a workshop at the University of Botswana in Gaborone on Wednesday, subsequent to the release of a World Bank report titled, 'Job-ready Graduates of Secondary Education in Botswana, Lesotho and Zambia.' MOBE permanent secretary, Ms Grace Muzila told the gathering that the World Bank recommendations of the report are in agreement with the direction government wants to pursue in the education sector.
"We believe that it is important to work on improving the job readiness of graduates through implementing multiple pathways of ensuring that both vocational training and academic training," Ms Muzila. She said Botswana is unique in that since 1965 the country has been implementing National Development Plans (NDPs) which are only put into effect after a thorough situational analysis of our country's developmental needs.
Addressing the workshop through a video from Washington DC, United States of America where he is meeting World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank country representative, Mr Xavier Furtado said their report noted high unemployment among graduates in the country. He said their report recommends among other things teacher training, accelerated competency based curriculum and planned professional educational pathways
Source: All Africa