Impending teaching council to whip teachers into line

Unity Dow Pic Kabo Mpaetona
Unity Dow Pic Kabo Mpaetona

The Ministry of Education and Skills Development is drafting a bill to ‘professionalise education, curb unethical behaviour and ensure quality delivery’ within the sector.

The legislation, which will be deliberated in the forthcoming winter Parliament, will establish the Botswana Teaching Council (BOTECO), to regulate the teaching profession in its entirety; tackle indiscipline and ensure stakeholders uphold high standards. The Council is also expected to license teachers and end the entry of untrained people into the education sector. Expatriate teachers will also be required to produce accreditation and licensing equivalent to what BOTECO will mandate.

Speaking at the National Teachers’ Day celebrations in Molepolole, Minister of Education Unity Dow stressed the significance of introspection within the teaching fraternity.

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