Two years ago the Ministry of Education and Skills Development introduced the ‘Study in Botswana’ initiative.
In the fi rst year of introducing the policy government realized savings of up to P600 million.
According to the Director of the Department of Tertiary Education Funding (DTEF) Marcos Maedza the policy has had huge benefi ts both for his ministry and local training institutions.
“My ministry decided to stop sending students abroad for studies and instead encouraged all willing partners to open up courses for which we had been sending students abroad.
We call on institutions to invest in education locally so that the funds we use to send our students can be invested locally,” urged Maedza recently in Francistown.
The DTEF director said it was a positive development to witness private tertiary institutions investing in infrastructure and building permanent campuses of their own.
“We are not only targeting Batswana, but the world at large.
We would like Botswana to become the hub of education.
As government we are happy to see the public private partnership come to fruition,” Maedza said.
Over 55 per cent of the 65 000 students fi nanced by government are studying in local private institutions.
Since government started sending students to local private institutions in 2007, many local institutions have opened campuses across the country off ering various degree programmes to Botswana’s youth.