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MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE COMMITS DEVELOPMENTAL BUDGET TOWARDS INFRASTRUCTURE AND DIGITISATION



Article By: Rorisang Mogojwe


The ministry of Education and Skills Development, MoESD will prioritize spending of developmental budget on its recently adopted, digitalization agenda, infrastructure development as well as the transformation of Botswana Examination Council, BEC.


Minister Dr Douglass Letsholathebe recently informed parliament that out of the ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜† ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ผ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜… ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜† ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ผ ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ (๐—ฃ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฎ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฒ ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฎ) ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜† ๐—™๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ (๐—ฃ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฐ, ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ,๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ), will go towards maintaining various junior and senior secondary schools, particularly to repair burnt facilities across the country.


๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜…๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ, ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜† ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ (๐—ฃ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿต, ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฒ,๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฎ) will be put aside for expansion of various secondary schools to align infrastructure needs with student population and curriculum needs amongst key infrastructure undertakings.


As for digitisation, A total of ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป (๐—ฃ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ, ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ,๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ) has been approved to drive the Digitalization agenda through which development of the Education Information Management System (EMIS) and development of the Labour Market Information System (LIMS) by HRDC will be undertaken. Key is also provision of laptops to Junior Secondary School teachers and lectures at technical colleges.

Approving the budget members of parliament called for an increase as challenges within the education sector require heavy capital investment.


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