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PSLE to examine four subjects

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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.

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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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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.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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