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Non-citizens not eligible for sponsorship

Government does not provide education sponsorship to non-citizens in accordance with the criteria set out by the Department of Tertiary Education Financing in the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology (MTERST).

Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi said it was indeed true that there were some refugee students who did not get sponsorship to universities or tertiary institutions upon completion of Botswana General Certificate in Secondary Education (Form 5).

Mr Kgathi explained that since 2010, 25 refugee students managed to proceed to tertiary schools sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) while nine were self-sponsored and went for tertiary institutions.

Furthermore, Mr Kgathi stated that there were 17 refugee students currently doing Form 5, saying out of the 17 students, 12 were born in Botswana of refugee parents while five were born outside Botswana.

He stated that it meant that all the 17 students were non-citizens and therefore did not qualify for sponsorship under the parameters set by MTERST which determined eligibility for sponsorship to universities and colleges.

Member of Parliament for Nata/ Gweta, Mr Polson Majaga had asked the minister if he was aware that some refugee students had not been given sponsorship to universities or tertiary institutions since 2010 to date.

Mr Majaga also wanted to know if the minister was aware that almost all those students who were doing Form 5 were born in Botswana, and also enquired on when they would be considered to be given sponsorships. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : BOPA

Location : GABORONE

Event : Parliament

Date : Apr 14 Sun,2019

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