Ministry unaware of dropouts challenges

Government is not aware of students' problems
Government is not aware of students' problems

Higher education officials have denied knowledge of any government-sponsored tertiary students dropouts who were disadvantaged by the school system.

Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research Science and Technology Fidelis Molao made the utterances this week in Parliament after Francistown South legislator, Wynter Mmolotsi inquired about higher learners, who in the process of pursuing study programmes, encounter institutional challenges such as course discontinuation. Parliament heard that some dropouts were a manifestation of franchised courses being discontinued where local institutions have procured them.

In some instances, Mmolotsi said institutions have technological challenges that bar learners from writing examinations. “At times during examinations, their computer systems were not working and therefore, those pursuing programmes examined online could not write examinations and the students end up dropping off,” Mmolotsi said.  “Minister, haven’t you heard of institutional challenges that lead to students not completing programmes?"Mmolotsi challenged, adding that in the process, they students dropped out not because of their own doing, but because the institution could not meet some of the requirements, which hindered the students from continuing with their studies?”

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