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Bravo….As Adhocracy Takes Precedence

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Education is not necessarily the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think so said Albert Einstein. ‘Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything they learned in school’. Not only do I agree with this connotation, I also feel that its relevance to our education system today cannot be overemphasised.

Being educated is the ability to manipulate the gained knowledge and information to cause the necessary adaptation to cope with prevailing situations and conditions.

There was a point in time when education was measured by the amount of information that one could recall. In 1977 the Government instituted the National Commission on Education Volume 2: Education for Kagisano. It was brought in/ incepted as a unifying tool that was to enhance harmony. It brought Batswana under one roof as an independent entity. That system was so important in a sense that it sealed by then, cultural disparities in Botswana thus establishing a common purpose.

This really made sense as it enlightened people on how to play by the book. Peace and Order were paramount to our expedition. Needless to say that majority could not read and write. Therefore basic literacy and patriotism were the very aims for the education system then.

Having done justice to that course, we today need a new system that will address the challenges of today. In my view, reading and writing is no longer an issue. Peace, Order and Patriotism have been achieved. Most Batswana have gained lots of knowledge and our principals can effectively manage by the book. It is now time we defined our new goals. We need an education system that will assess learning by demonstrating competency for a desired outcome. Learners ought to demonstrate creativity, effectively communicate, collaborate well and think critically. We need a system that will make learners to become aware of what is happening locally and globally, have financial and entrepreneurial literacy, civic,

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health and environmental literacy. This is clearly defined under the National Curriculum Assessment Framework (NCAF, June 2017). By this we can DELIVER A 21ST CENTURY LEARNER.

For this vision to come to pass there is need for a suitable environment.  One aspect which I have always thought that is regressive in 21st century is Management by Centralisation. This gives birth to bureaucracy which is excessively complicated administrative procedures. It is inefficient and thwarts productivity. Decisions and actions which could have had great impact there and then become ineffective due to prolonged periods of implementation. Procurement which could have addressed situations in a short time in schools is delayed by due processes until the situations degrade to deplorable status.

What could be the solution? ADHOCRACY; which is a flexible, adaptable and informal form of organisation that is defined by a lack of formal structures (Wikipedia). It operates in an opposite to a bureaucracy. As a teacher tasked with implementing Government Curriculum, I am glad because elements of this type of organisational management are being implemented. In no time, schools will be autonomous. Decisions will be quick to arrive at and actions will follow suit. Procurement of such things as books and other learning materials will have quick response. Service delivery will improve. This gesture and many other developments will certainly improve the quality and relevance of our education. Most importantly it will profoundly bring about the kind of education were learners train their minds to think and cause necessary adaptations. In chess, we could have been saying ADHOCRACY is a very strong ‘novelty’.



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