The Ministry of Education received the first cohort of teachers from Botswana on Sunday 14th February 2016. The first group of 13 teachers had a courtesy meeting with senior officials of the Ministry of Education on Tuesday 16th February 2016. The meeting was organized to officially thank those teachers for leaving their country and replacing the twenty (20) Seychellois teachers who have proceeded for further studies in Botswana in critical areas like English, Maths and Science. The Principal Secretary for Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Merida Delcy and the Principal Secretary for Tertiary Education and Policy Planning, Dr Linda Barallon officially welcomed them and informed them that the Ministry will do its very best to make their stay 'memorable' noting in particular that this venture was 'historic' in nature because we had not recruited teachers from Botswana before. They were informed that they would be going to the schools on Wednesday 17th February and that there was an induction scheduled for Friday 19th February where they would receive more information on the structure of the Ministry of Education, the curriculum, transportation and other issues relating to life in general in Seychelles. The next cohort of teachers will be arriving in Seychelles on Sunday 21st February 2016.
It is important to highlight the fact that Seychelles and Botswana have been able to implement the three (3) main components of the Memorandum of Understanding in only six (6) months. This Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 15th September 2015 by the Minister for Education and Skills Development of Botswana, Dr. Unity Dow and the Minister for Education of Seychelles, Mrs Macsuzy Mondon. The first component in the Memorandum is the placement of Seychellois students at the University of Botswana; this action which had already started unofficially in 2012 has allowed a total 40 students (up until January 2016) to pursue their first degree at the University of Botswana. The second component is the recruitment of teachers which has started in February 2016. The third component is the exchange of lecturers and this activity took place in January 2016 where a delegation of eight (8) officials proceeded to Botswana on a Fact Finding mission on Technical and Vocational Education and Training. The mission has built the capacity of our TVET to be able to implement, monitor and evaluate the TVET system in the professional centres more effectively.
International Relations Unit
18th February 2016