Botswana looks at ways of reducing high unemployment
GABORONE: Botswana is looking at a number of ways to deal with its high unemployment rate, the country’s tertiary education, research, science and technology minister, Douglas Letsholathebe, said on Saturday.
He was speaking at the opening of the annual Botswana human resource development skills fair and career guidance clinic in Francistown, Botswana’s secondlargest city.
The figures from the southern African country’s statistical agency, Statistics Botswana, which were released at the end of January this year, show the country’s unemployment rate increased by 3.1%, to 20.7%, in the past three years.
Letsholathebe said the unemployment rate remained on the high side, and there was a need to find ways of tackling such high unemployment.
“This, therefore, calls for multipronged approaches from different sectors, including our own education sector, each using its comparative advantage,” said Letsholathebe, adding that a focus on vocational education and training by the education sector will open potential in job creation.
“Exploiting these multi-pronged approaches will assist Botswana to position itself in the transformation path from middle-income to high-income status, anchored in transforming from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based one as espoused in the country’s Vision 2036,” he said.
Botswana’s education sector expects to get a substantial chunk of the national budget for the 2020/21 financial year to achieve sustainable quality education and increase the skills pool in areas that have been identified as critical to diversify the economy.
Botswana’s financial year runs from the beginning of April, and ends in March.