ARCHIVE

 Trending News
  • Kgosi Maruje III warns against covid-19 vaccine trials GP Correspondent As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic that has negatively strained major health systems, developing countries have their hopes pinned on their developed counterparts for...
  • BDF intensifies endangered species war GP Correspondent Botswana Defence Force’s (BDF) anti-poaching units continue to intensify their operations, encountering more casualties in the process. Four more poachers have been reported dead, this week, in three...
  • LIGHTS OFF GP Correspondent A new local drama, Lights Off made its grand premiere on Now TV (DStv Channel 290) this Tuesday. The drama features some of the most talented local actors/actresses....
  • Fuel shortage not linked to COVID-19 GP Correspondent The COVID-19 Task Force has allayed reports that testing for the respiratory disease at the borders is cause for the countrywide fuel shortages. Dr. Kereng Masupu, Coordinator of...
  • Stanbic amongst preferred brands on the market GP Correspondent The latest decoration to the bank is from Brand Africa 100’s Best Brand Survey and Rankings, which awarded the institution, the 3rd Most Admired Financial Services Brand in...

Graduates irked by education authorities’ refusal to certify professional certificates

Graduates irked by education authorities’ refusal to certify professional certificates
April 10
11:27 2018

TEBOGO MMOLAWA

The recent decision by the Ministry of Basic Education authorities to cease certifying professional certificates has irked some Francistown residents.

In a memo posted at the regional offices at Ntshe House in Francistown, authorities said, “You are informed that the Regional Education Office only certifies PSLE, JC and BGCSE certificates.” The memo further said the above mentioned certificates can be certified at schools.

Furthermore, the memo mentioned that certificates belonging or acquired from local tertiary institutions should be certified at those respective institutions. “Certificates acquired from international universities are to be certified at the respective embassies of the countries where the institutions are based,” read the memo.

One resident, Thato Keobake told this publication that such a decision is going to inconvenience them. “As an unemployed graduate I am not happy about the decision taken by the authorities at the Ministry of Basic Education,” he said. Keobake highlighted that he obtained his professional qualification in one of the local private institutions based in Gaborone. He noted that he does not have money to always commute from Francistown to Gaborone to certify his certificate.

North East Regional Education Director, Mabunga Gadibolae confirmed that they have issued a memo to the public informing them that the Ministry of Basic Education has ceased to certify professional qualifications. “From now on wards we will be certifying basic education certificates only because we can verify such certificates. Professional certificates are verified by Botswana Qualifications Authority because that is their mandate,” Gadibolae averred. According to him, the decision was taken because they could not verify that indeed individuals have obtained such qualifications from those institutions.

Gadibolae noted that the decision was taken after a thorough consultation with Botswana Examinations Council and the council gave it a green light to be implemented. He admitted that the decision is inconveniencing members of the public but he emphasized that the authenticity of professional qualifications should always be verified. A source told this publication that the Ministry of Basic Education ceased certifying professional certificates after they realized that some people are using fraudulent qualifications to seek employment.

About Author

STAFF REPORTER

STAFF REPORTER

Related Articles

Categories

VIDEO CHANNEL

FACEBOOK