The secretary of the Pre Primary Sector at the Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU), Mosa Modise, has highlighted an urgent need for the government to make permanent vacancies and employ qualified teachers within the education sector.
Speaking at the Kgalagadi North Wellness Day, Modise emphasised the plight of teachers who, despite acquiring additional qualifications such as diplomas, degrees, and masters, continue to serve in their roles as teacher assistants without due promotion or recognition. Modise shed light on the prevailing issue, stating that the current system has become a barrier to the professional growth and development of educators across Botswana. "Teachers who were initially hired through their teaching certificates were brought in as teaching assistants. Over time, many of these educators have furthered their education and obtained higher qualifications, yet they remain stagnant in their positions without progression," Modise explained.
Modise also said it is evident that the lack of promotional opportunities has affected the morale and motivation of the dedicated professionals. "Despite enhancing their expertise and skills, many remain constrained within the confines of scale B, unable to advance to scale C where their expertise and qualifications should align," said Modise.
Modise underlined the crucial role that educators play in shaping the future of the nation and expressed the urgent need for the government to recognise and address this pressing issue. "The dedication and commitment of these teachers cannot be understated. It is important that the government acknowledges their relentless pursuit of knowledge and provides them with the opportunity for professional advancement," Modise emphasised. Additionally, Modise highlighted the adverse impact of the status quo on the overall education system, emphasising that the underutilisation of qualified teachers affects the delivery of quality education to students. "The repercussions of overlooking the qualifications and potential of educators are far-reaching. It not only affects the professional growth of teachers, but also compromises the standard of education imparted to our students," Modise warned.