NUMBER OF UNTRAINED PRE-SCHOOL TEACHERS WORRISOME

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NUMBER OF UNTRAINED PRE-SCHOOL TEACHERS WORRISOME
NUMBER OF UNTRAINED PRE-SCHOOL TEACHERS WORRISOME

Africa-Press – Botswana. Despite the increasing emphasis placed on preschool education and its recognition in the revised National Education Policy, a significant number of teachers at the preschool level remain untrained, as per the 2022 Pre-Primary Education Statistics briefs published by Statistics Botswana in May.

The report highlights that this could potentially compromise the quality of education at that level.

Among all teachers in that year, it was noted that 3,111 were trained teachers, while 261 teachers were untrained.

Furthermore, the report indicates that the majority of untrained teachers, approximately 77.8 per cent, were employed by private schools.

It also reveals that out of the citizen teachers, around 257 were unqualified, while only four foreign teachers were found to be unqualified.

The majority of qualified teachers held diplomas (1,552) or certificates (1,124), with 222 teachers possessing bachelor’s degrees and 261 being unqualified.

Additionally, the report mentions that 203 teachers held other teaching qualifications, with 10 of them having master’s degrees.

In terms of school ownership, the proportion of daycare and pre-primary schools was highest for government-owned institutions, followed by private-owned ones.

Regarding enrollment, private schools had the highest number of pupils enrolled, followed by community schools, churches, and non-governmental organisational schools.

The report also notes that day care and nursery school enrollment was highest in the central region for both males and females, followed by the southern and southeast regions respectively.

Furthermore, it states that there were 122 learners with special education needs enrolled in day care and nursery schools nationwide in the 2022 academic year.

The majority of these pupils had speech disorders, followed by intellectual disabilities, deafness, visual impairments, and attention deficit disorder.

Most pupils with specialeducation needs in day care and nursery schools nationwide were located in the North West region, followed by the South East region.

These statistics on pre-primary education in Botswana are gathered from data collected through the 2022 annual school census conducted by Statistics Botswana.

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