The Ministry of Education and Skils Development (MoESD) says they have promoted 719 secondary school teachers from Grades C1 to D1, while 984 primary school teachers were elevated from C1 to D2 in the 2015-2016 financial year.
The MoESD’s Permanent Secretary Theophilous Mooko told a BOSETU Congress in Palapye where he was invited to update the congress regarding what government has in store for the teachers.
While accepting that challenges remained in the provision of accommodation for teachers countrywide, Mooko told the BOSETU congress that between 2014 and 2015 financial year, some 628 houses were availed, with a further 352 housing units being built for this financial year, and another 130 housing units to be delivered next financial year.
On the burning issue of subject specialisation raised by the teachers’ trade unions, the permanent secretary noted that government has been pursuing the solution resulting in the pilot project rolled out to 309 primary schools around the country between 2007-2011.
Commenting on the issue of teachers’ relations with the Botswana Examinations Council on coursework assessment
Mooko said the primary school education needs to accommodate both generalists and subjects specialists for lower and higher classes respectively, adding that there is also a need to reform teacher education in order to ensure that the system produces subject specialists who can function effectively at primary school level.
On dual pathways, another proposition from the teacher trade Union, the Ministry has acknowledged that the introduction of dual pathways could help to assist in easing pressure currently experienced at Form 4 and Form 5, But we need to concentrate on building a credible vocational route so that learners leaving Form 3 can confidently choose”, Mooko added.