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BoU learning materials found in dumping sites in Maun.

Botswana Open University learning material packages were found scattered in dustbins and dumping sites in Maun and surrounding areas.

Maun Campus manager, Mr Keorapetse Maokaneng confirmed in an interview that they had received some reports that packages of learning material such as books were found left at dumping sites.

He said Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) and Junior Certificate (JC) learning books were mostly found saying it was an indication that learners do not use them as expected.

He expressed concern that most of the students enrolled with the institution and missed classes at their respective learning centres and failed to show up for examinations at the end of the year.

Mr Maokaneng said it was worrisome as they provide students with the necessary learning resources such as books, cassettes and CD's after registering but they do not put them to good use.

He pleaded with learners to change their mindset and ensure they make use of the materials and the institution to improve their learning and better their lives.

To rectify the situation, the campus manager revealed that they were working around the clock to come up with strategies amongst them collecting materials from learners who had completed their studies. For his part, the regional principal education officer, Ms Veronica Ridge said it was unfortunate to learn that learners do not use the learning material as expected.

She stressed the need for learners to take their studies seriously adding that they should understand that education was the key to shaping their future.

She added that though Botswana Open University was a parastatal, it was fully funded by the government, therefore, it was costly for the government to give students materials and free tutoring while students do not turn up for classes and examinations.

'The government spends a lot of money to print the material and pay tutors and I urge learners to appreciate that and strive for change in order to shape their future,' she said.

Ms Ridge wished the institution could engage both parents and learners to appreciate what could be the cause of the problem and find ways to solve it.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:Jul 29, 2018
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