Botswana has engaged Zimbabwean authorities to start a programme to train its personnel to fill vacancies for lecturers in the country’s vocational and training centres.
BY SILAS NKALA
Mmegi newspaper reported on Tuesday that for quite some time now, facilities at Botswana’s technical colleges have been “white elephants” as a number of programmes have been without lecturers or trainers.
The report indicated that a total of 82 positions were vacant in the areas of performing arts, jewellery design, multimedia design, electronics, wastewater engineering and heavy plant air conditioning, among others.
“A new Oodi College of Applied Arts Technology is leading the pack with 14 empty positions, followed by the Botswana College of Engineering and Technology with 10,” reported the Mmegi.
“Overall electronics has an acute shortage of 11 trainers country- wide. It is against this background that the Ministry of Education and Skills Development [MoESD] and Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education entered into an agreement to second Technical Vocational Education and Training [TVet] for a term of two to three years.”
Authorities indicated that Botswana TVet personnel would be trained at recognised TVet training institutions in Zimbabwe.
Part of the agreement is sharing information and best practices in the training of TVet personnel.
Speaking at the same occasion, Ignatius Chombo, Zimbabwe’s Acting Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education said the training of Batswana in Zimbabwe was a good initiative.
The programme was mooted during the 11th Session of the Botswana-Zimbabwe Joint Commission that was held in Harare in 2011.