The government negotiates to takeover secondary education

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Prior to Independence and its immediate aftermath, education, both primary and secondary, was a tribal responsibility. The Bangwato owned and ran Moeng which took students through to matric.

Curiously, Serowe itself was without a secondary school until the founding of Swaneng by van Rensburg. In the south, the Bakgatla, Bangwaketse and Bakwena each possessed junior certificate secondary schools – Molefi, Seepapitso and Kgari Sechele, the Catholics were responsible for St. Joseph’s in tribal Kgale with the recently established Gaborone Secondary School being the one and only government owned secondary school in the country.

The meeting of 24th February 1967 in Mochudi was probably similar to those held elsewhere with the Deputy Director of Education, Gaositwe Chiepe, explaining the government’s intention to assume total responsibility for secondary education.  Implicitly this meant that the four tribes were being asked to hand over what they had started.

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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