Mosenodi - Volume 3, Issue 1-2, 1995
Volume 3, Issue 1-2, 1995
Prospects for the indigenous languages of Botswana: implications of the Government White Paper No.2 of 1994Author J. TsonopeSource: Mosenodi 3, pp 3 –20 (1995)More Less
This paper examines the Botswana Government White Paper No. 2 of 1994 with the view to evaluate its implications for the indigenous languages of Botswana. This paper observes that although the government document projects a somewhat positive policy towards the languages of Botswana in general. As evidenced by the establishment of the Botswana Languages Council charged with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive language policy), it nevertheless falls short of covering the breadth of problems that affect the use of indigenous languages as viable vehicles of communication in a modern world. The policy document is primarily constrained by its conception in a socio-political climate where multilingualism is viewed as inimical to national unity. Furthermore the policy document emanates from a Report of the National Commission on Education, not a report of a national commission on commerce, agriculture, productivity, health law, or social services. As such, the policy document does not perceive the role of language outside the limited scope of education. In conclusion this paper urges construing language in a dispassionate manner, where language is seen as a developmental resource that needs to be harnessed and managed.
Source: Mosenodi 3, pp 15 –22 (1995)More Less
The report of the National Commission on Education (1993) has set new goals for the proposed 10-year basic education programme. This paper explores the implications of these goals for mathematics education. Specifically the paper argues that there is need for a broadened view of the nature of the subject which carries with it changes in the way it is taught and the role of the learner in the process. The paper also explores implications for the use of instructional materials in mathematics education.
Analysis of the report of the National Commission on Education, and the Government White Paper No.2 with respect to private English-medium primary schoolsSource: Mosenodi 3, pp 23 –32 (1995)More Less
This article summarizes the report of the survey on private English medium primary schools in Botswana. The findings and recommendations of the survey suggest a need/or these schools in the educational system of the country. The article reviews the 1993 Report of the National Commission on Education as it affects the private English-medium primary schools, in which the advantages of these schools in the educational system of the country are highlighted. The Government White Paper No.2 as it affects the private English-medium schools is also reviewed. It was recommended that the present government policy on private English-medium schools should be maintained, while the fees of Bats wan a children attending such schools should not be subsidized.
The plight of the junior certificate leavers in Botswana: an appraisal of the Recommendations made by the National Commissions on Education-1977 and 1993-and other relevant reports KB)Author Julia MolewaSource: Mosenodi 3, pp 33 –54 (1995)More Less
The rapid expansion of junior secondary education has had several negative consequences. One of them has become a major problem today that of the future of the junior secondary leavers who cannot get access to senior secondary school. Several education reports, including the latest National Commission on Education, have examined possibilities for the junior secondary leave"" including expansion of the senior secondary programme and some form of vocational training. The preparation of children/or the 'world of work', by makingchanges to the curriculum, would also appear to be a step in the right direction. However, such efforts will be fruitless unless the 'world of work' is prepared to absorb the junior certificate leavers. In other words, the plight of the junior certificate Leaver is not something which the education system alone can solve-job creation is an essential strategy in the search for a solution.
Source: Mosenodi 3, pp 55 –64 (1995)More Less
The financing of higher education is a major problem in Africa. In this paper, we examine the financing of University Education in Botswana in the context of the report of the second National Commission on Education. The proposals on cost sharing and cost efficiency are explored and suggestions are offered on how the Grant/Loan Scheme should be modified to achieve greater equity and efficiency in the system. Finally, recommendations are made on how the University of Botswana might adopt a more organisationally responsive approach to self-funding and thus reduce its high level of dependence on Government subvention.
Long-term planning implications and possible consequences of aspects of the Revised National Policy on Education in the light of the second National Commission on Education's recommendationsSource: Mosenodi 3, pp 65 –76 (1995)More Less
This article endorses the deferment of the introduction of universal pre-primary education on the basis of the much debated equity and equality issues. Government efforts are better directed to pertinent qualitative issues in primary, secondary and teacher education. The quality of teachers has been singled out and portrayed as central to the qualitative improvement of the entire education system.