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Education in Botswana - An Overview

Botswana has strengthened education manifold since it gained freedom from the United Kingdom in 1966. Government of Botswana assures that all children must receive at lease 10 years of education leading to junior certificate. After passing many of these children attend secondary schools leading to award of Botswana General Certificate of Education (BGCE). Technical and vocational courses are also available in abundance. Though Botswana has achieved good level of education, but primary level education need attention as there is lack of resources at primary level education. Government of Botswana is striving hard to strengthen education start from the primary level. The Ministry of Education and Skill Development is administering authority for educational administration in Botswana both at central and provincial level. For the purpose ministry works with different education and technology agencies that comes under it.

The Pre School Education program in Botswana is managed as a three tier education -

  • Baby-Care: 0 – 2 years
  • Day-care/Nursery: 2 - 4 years
  • Pre-Primary: 4 – 6 years

Primary Education in Botswana is distributed over two segments-

Lower Primary- The duration of Lower Primary Schooling is 4 Years, comprises classes 1 through 4.

Upper Primary- The duration of upper primary schooling is 3 years, comprises classes 5 through 7.

The students who successfully complete upper primary schooling are enrolled to junior schools and then to senior secondary schools. Completion of senior secondary education makes equivalent of 12 years of school education, which is a mandatory requirement to enrollment in universities.
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