Being A Student In Botswana: 2016 vs 2017 – What Has Changed?
Botswana is a quickly developing country that has brought major changes to their educational system. The government understand that the country will never progress without proper education. The government recognises that it is the youth who will take the country forward. To make this possible, they must have access to good education. Therefore, there has been a considerable effort to improve facilities for students.
Between 2012 and 2016 a number of educational reforms were introduced in Botswana but very few proved to be beneficial. In 2017, the government set out new rules that each university had to comply with: Commission to inquire falling results
In the past few years, most of the students were failing. Either the student dropped out of the universities, or they did not continue their courses. It decreased the literacy rate of the country, and most of the government funds were going to waste.
To bring about improvements, a new commission was set up in 2017. The role of this commission is to identify the reasons for such a high failure rate. In the first report of the commission, it was established that 40% of the students did not complete their course.
Reduction in education funds
With the improvement in the quality of education, more students have been enrolled at university.
In 2017, 42.9 percent students have been enrolled.
The government has announced that only 3897 students will be able to access the educational loans due to the reduction in funds.
This could prove problematic as the majority of students require funds to continue their education, but the government are taking proactive steps to improve the availability of funds for potential students.
Safe schools declaration
Botswana is the 66th country that will be now participating in the safe school’s declaration. They have formulated the inspection team that will survey all the universities to ensure that their building is safe for the students and there are no illegal activities happening that might have a detrimental impact on education. The government of Botswana are committed to creating safe environments for students to learn.
Rebuilding the institutes
A significant proportion of the country’s infrastructure was destroyed in the multiple wars that the country has experienced. The majority of these universities have never been restored due to the lack of funds. However, with the help of developed countries, the government is ready to invest in the required infrastructure. Universities will be restored, and students will have access to the necessary facilities they need to complete their studies. The funds will be used to rebuild libraries and laboratories for students.
Although there is still room for improvement in the education system, positive signs are there that the future of higher education in Botswana looks promising. Student enrolment is continuing to increase, and as more universities are constructed, the more opportunities will become available to students.