Handle Education With Care

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Wednesday, 29 April 2009

I have in the past written on how education is potentially a politically destabilising force. I want to reiterate this point in light of recent developments at the Ministry of Education and Skills Development. The decision of the ministry to sponsor only students with 40 points and above might have deleterious long-term effects on national security. Although I see government back-tracking on this decision very soon we must nonetheless still comment on it.

Education is a very powerful tool that has been used to build or destroy nations. It is a distributor of life chances. It is, in my view, the most potent tool anyone can use to stratify society. You can use it to build an egalitarian society or a highly stratified one.

By and large, since the 1980s education in this country has been used to build an egalitarian society. This has been made possible by a conscious decision to ensure that no child is [continue reading]

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