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Government serious about education

Government is serious about developing education, especially by addressing the needs of special leaners, says the Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Patrick Masimolole.

Officiating at a handing over ceremony of educational software to Ramotswa School for the Deaf by Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) on March 6, Mr Masimolole said education was one of the most important sectors for the socio-economic development of Botswana.

“You will agree with me as evidenced by our lion’s share in the budget allocation for 2014/15,” he said.

Mr Masimolole said the government’s approach towards education was to ensure quality. He noted however that quality education could not be achieved by the teacher alone, without resources to aid teaching and learning. He also noted that the provision for disabled people to access basic education improved overtime.

He said although special education had been an integral part of regular education, it was given an impetus by the Revised National Policy on Education of 1994. The ministry provides specialists and professionals in all areas of special education to assist children and adults with learning difficulties.

He said it was worth noting that with the current economic situation, the government was constrained from providing all the required resources. He applauded PEEPA for the donation because it would make learning and teaching interesting.

“This is a sign of good partnership with the private sector to improve education for the people with hearing disability and strengthen the education system,” he added.

Mr Kgotla Ramaphane, the chief executive officer of PEEPA, said his organisation’s collaboration with Ramotswa Society for the Deaf started in 2012. He said the Clicker 6 software would enable leaners to grasp contents as it used both audio and visuals.

Mr Ramaphane said the software, which was installed last year, elated both the learners and the staff. The donor also installed webcams.

“They will make learning easy because leaners will memorise visuals and they will better recall the contents” he added.

The Headteacher of Ramotswa Society for the Deaf, Ms Baleti Tlhalerwa, said the school catered for learners with hearing impermanent from around Botswana. Enrolment stood at 115. She said it was regrettable that the school had been performing below average because of shortage of resources and being forced to follow same syllabus with the mainstream schools.

Clicker 6 software, which had been installed on seven computers, help leaners ability to read and write. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Bonang Masolotate

Location : RAMOTSWA

Event : Handover ceremony

Date : Mar 10 Mon,2014

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