The decline and fall of higher education in Botswana: The curse of commercialisation (Part I)

Students at a local tertiary institution
Students at a local tertiary institution

Higher education is in a state of decay in Botswana with grave ramifications for the plight of young ones who should compete with their peers elsewhere in the global economy. In this first installment of a two-part series, TITUS MBUYA* explains the extent to which commercialisation has bored deep into the fabric of our higher education system

The year 2016 ended on a high note with respect to the overdue debate regarding higher education in Botswana. University of Botswana’s Professor Thabo Fako’s presentation before the Parliamentary Committee on Statutory Bodies and Public Enterprises in November provided much needed impetus to the debate.

It is not so much the fact that the University of Botswana (UB) is cash-strapped that is critical to the debate, but the relevance of the institution in the modern economy as well as the implications of the fierce competition it is receiving from private tertiary institutions. The debate was useful to the extent that it brought into sharp relief the vacuousness and bankruptcy of our higher education system.

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