Maun Senior Secondary School is expected to offer Hospitality and Tourism subjects once the Education and Training Sector Strategic Plan (ETSSP) is implemented next year. The ETSSP aims to focus on lifelong learning, developing new and alternative pathways for education, strengthening skills development and improving quality, relevance, equity and access to education.
Maun Senior Secondary Schoo Head, Selebatso Modisaemang revealed that two senior secondary schools – Maun and Matshekge in Bononong – had been chosen to pilot the programme. She said Matshekge School was expected to offer agriculture while Maun would offer tourism and hospitality, noting that the decision was based on what was available in the respective areas. She said a lot of progress had been made as far as the ETTSP was concerned as the school heads had been trained and those teaching the subjects would soon meet to kick start the exercise.
Modisaemang said if the pilot succeeds, the government aims to implement the programme next year. The policy is designed to address challenges from the education ministry’s strategic plan and to move from a resource-driven economy to a highly diversified, knowledge-based one.
For her part, Botswana Open University Regional Manager in Maun, Boipelo Kesamang said the ETSSP seeks to address identified gaps such as training versus job market mismatches. Additionally, she said that it also strives to align with emerging societal needs. She stressed that any country that seeks to become part of the globalised, knowledge-based economy has to produce a new generation of knowledge workers hence the urgent need to invest in the education and training sector.