The Botswana Education System has the 7-3-2 structure viz. Primary School, JSS and SSS. In the education of Botswana, the government provides the free and universal education to the students for 10 years. There are certain objectives of the national education of Botswana. The objectives are:
- To hoist the standards of education at all the levels
- To offer lifelong education to every section of the society
- To attain competence in progress of education
After attaining independence, the country of Botswana has shown outstanding advancement in providing the enlightening conveniences to the entire population. There is a national commission of education which has been selected to assess the educational system of Botswana.
In the year 1999, the civic spending on Botswana education was about 9.1 % of the GDP. In the year 1996, in the primary level there were 318,629 students at Botswana and the number of teachers was 12,785. The University of Botswana was established in the year 1982 on 1st July.
Maru a Pula School Botswana
Maru a Pula School is a co educational school located at Gaborone in Botswana. The Maru a Pula School was established in the year 1972. Among the international Botswana schools, Maru a Pula is a noted school. When the school was first opened, there were 25 students to start with.
The school is built on a 50 acre campus at the center of the capital city of Gaborone. The school has 550 students out of which 114 students stay in boarding. Maru a Pula is a non profit making school and it is open to all students irrespective of caste and there is no racial distinction. Among the schools in Botswana, this school is also renowned for its teaching quality and overall development of the students.
Botswana education has been developing ever since the independence. The classes that are conducted in the Maru a Pula school are guided by experienced teaching staffs who are recruited from more than 12 countries across the globe. There are 51 permanent scholastic staffs in Maru a Pula School.
Botswana Ministry Education
The Ministry of Botswana Education has been doing a commendable job since the independence of the country.The Ministry of Botswana Education is responsible for the overall growth in the number of students of all stages in Botswana. The Education Law of Botswana came into existence in the year 1966 at the time of independence of the country.
The Ministry of Education Botswana has some special core objectives to carry out. The objectives set for the education development are as follows:
- To offer impartial admittance and opportunity for training and education
- To escort the Human Resource Development in the country
- To make available enabling surroundings for the learners
- To offer and guarantee value training and education
The Ministry of Education Botswana has the authority over all of the educational institutions of Botswana except the University of Botswana. In the year 2001, the education system of Botswana was restructured. This new system includes seven years of primary education, three years of junior secondary education and two years of senior secondary education.
Botswana schools in the country to offer the best possible education to the students. The Botswana government involved in a commendable task of constructing secondary Botswana schools. The primary Botswana schools are mostly aided by the government of Botswana. There are also private schools in the country. The major goal of the government is to make the education available to all in the country. Botswana education is being given prime importance by the government.
The Department of Primary Education in Botswana is in charge of the assessment and administration of all the primary schools of the country. There are a few international schools in Botswana. The teaching medium in the international schools of Botswana is English. Few of the renowned international Botswana schools include:
- Maru a Pula School
- Northside Primary School
- Westwood International School
- Broadhurst Primary school
- Thornhill Primary School
- Acacia School
- Morama Community Junior Secondary School
- Ithuteng: Community Junior Secondary School
- Kgaswe Primary School
- Maun Secondary School-Lion House
- Shakawe Secondary School
- John Mackenzie School: Primary & Secondary School
- Northside School
- Ledumang School
- Francistown Senior Secondary School
- Legea Academy
University of Botswana
The higher education in the country of Botswana is on the rise. The University of Botswana is the hub of higher education for the students of Botswana after the senior secondary education. The students, who receive either first or second class in the final examinations of the senior secondary courses become eligible to get admission at the University of Botswana.
The university in Botswana is not under the control of the government. There is no intervention of the state in the University of Botswana. The issues like employment of staffs, salaries, promotion of staffs all are controlled by the autonomous body of the university. There is also the Botswana College of Agriculture. This college was established on May 31st in the year 1991. The associate institution of the University of Botswana is the Botswana College of Agriculture.
University of Botswana, Gaborone
The University of Botswana was established in 1982. The University of Botswana has the vision that it would become a foremost scholastic center of brilliance not only in Africa but also in the world. The mission of the university is to provide the intellectual strength to the academic and human resource capability of the country and also of the global population. The streams of studies taught in the University of Botswana include:
- Engineering and Technology
- Medical Education
- Social Science
In the year 1988, the establishment of Westwood International School, Gaborone took place with the objective of conveying an international level of education to the young people of Botswana. The Westwood International School, Gaborone is accessible to both girls and boys and is also open to students irrespective of caste and creed. The Westwood International School, Gaborone has adopted the language of English as the medium of teaching. In Gaborone Botswana, the Westwood International School is located. The school offers education from the pre-primary level until the entrance of university. In the year 2007, the grades that were re-attributed to the school by the NEASC and CIS was K-7.
The Head of Westwood International School, Gaborone is Mr. Michael Francis (2007-2008). The program of study of this school is so planned so as to fulfill the requirements of the students who were transferred to or from international schools in U.S. or Great Britain.
In the educational session 2006-2007 of the school, the strength of the faculty members was 58 and at the beginning of this particular session the enrollment was 580. The facilities of Westwood International School include:
- 4.6 hectare campus
- 2 computer centers
- 37 classrooms A.C.
- 1 library
- Modern office building
- Competitive swimming pool
- Tennis and basketball court