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 Chapter Name: SMASE-Botswana


On-going programme: Has been implementing the improvement of INSET training of Mathematics and Science Teachers in Primary Education since January 2008; Yet to establish country chapter


Delegate: Mr. Ndondo Koolese

                 Ms. Spar Mathews


Title: Chieon Officer, Capacity Development Programmes

Ministry of Basic Education, Gaborone - Botswana






Since independence, Botswana has achieved universal access to primary and secondary school education. The process of academic selectivity reduces entrance to institutions of higher learning. However, those students who fail to be absorbed at higher level would have acquired prevocational skills since educational curricula incorporate prevocational skills at the Junior and Senior Secondary Schools. The Botswana Education System has the 7-3-2 structure viz. Primary School, Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) and Senior Secondary School (SSS). The Education and Training Strategic Sector Plan (ETSSP) of the Botswana Education Sector has 11 priority areas, one of the priority areas being to enhance the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science through Outcome Based Education System.




The Ministry of Basic Education has from a long time back realized the worth of continuing professional development of teachers. This resulted in the establishment of (INSET) training facilities in the form of Education Centres in various regions in which capacity building programmes are carried out. In-service training for teachers is a joint venture between University of Botswana INSET Unit and Ministry of Education. In-Services activities include: carrying out needs analysis in schools, conducting workshops for teachers and Monitoring implementation of support programmes.


In the ETSSP, the INSET activities will follow more of school-based model rather than the cascade model. There is also the development of Continuous Professional Development Framework, which is aligned to SADC Framework for Teachers, and the refocus of education through the review of curriculum to align 21st teaching and learning.


A total of 65 teachers and education officers from Botswana have been trained on Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) programme in Centre for Mathematics, Science & Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA), in Nairobi, Kenya and National Science Centre (NSC) in Lusaka, Zambia since 2006 to date. The sixty-five (65) trained educators have cascaded the training to over 1270 teachers in Primary Schools, Junior and Senior Secondary Schools and lecturers in Colleges of Education.


Following the various capacity building initiatives, teachers and education officers to assist teachers at Primary and Junior Secondary schools to address various objectives in the curriculum of the two subjects developed booklets for Mathematics and Science teaching and learning.



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