Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) will with effect from next year; examine students on only four subjects in order to promote Science and Technology in the country.
Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research and Technology, Moiseraele Goya revealed at the BUIST Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) festival and Research and Innovation symposium.
He emphasized that it is important for Botswana to train experts in STEM programmes in order for the country to become globally competitive. He is of the view that this transformation backs up the national agenda of becoming knowledge-based economy, as students would be tested only on Mathematics and Science, which are the core subjects of STEM as well as English, and Setswana, which are the country’s official languages.
“For a long time, we have been discussing the examinable subjects, and now we have finally made it,” said Goya. Goya expects change in the coming years regarding STEM subjects. He added that some countries have always been specializing on these and for Botswana to finally reach such a milestone is an achievement.
“They say you cannot teach an old dog some new tricks therefore we are hopeful that this new examination would elevate our country in terms of STEM because students would have started specializing from an early stage,” he said.
Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide
Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.
Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.
On the evening of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021) PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.