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No more technical colleges - minister

Government will not construct other technical colleges because the existing ones are not fully utilised, minister of Education and Skills Development has said. Addressing a kgotla meeting in Sefhare village in Tswapong South on Septemeber  27, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi said there were currently 38 technical colleges in the country and each was expected to admit 500 students.

Dr Venson-Moitoi also told the meeting that currently, 27 technical colleges were operational but the number of admitted students was less. Also, she said 11 technical colleges were not functional and needed to be renovated. However, she said construction of the six technical colleges including one in Tswapong South will be suspended until the existing ones were fully utilised.

She explained that it would be unwise for government to construct other technical colleges while others were not fully utilised.   The minister also told the meeting that technical colleges were faced with shortage of teachers for technical subjects and her ministry was working on addressing such challenge. To that effect, she said the Zimbabwean government has already pledged to assist with 52 teachers for technical colleges.

Meanwhile, the minister said she has had the same meeting with residents which was a result of enquiries by some Chadibe residents who had asked Vice President, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe about the technical college in their village.

She noted that the technical college will not only benefit Chadibe residents but all Batswana as well. Further, she told the meeting that construction of some government buildings was halted because of the economic recession and some projects would be undertaken after the downturn. On other issues, she expressed concern about misbehaviour by some students in some schools. Therefore, she appealed to parents to discipline their children. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Portia Rapitsenyane

Location : Lerala

Event : Kgotla Meeting

Date : Oct 01 Tue,2013

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