Botswana’s tertiary education, research, science and technology minister, Douglas Letsholathebe on Saturday said Botswana is considering a number of approaches in order to deal with high unemployment.

Letsholathebe made the remarks in his speech marking the official opening of the annual Botswana human resource development skills fair and career guidance clinic in Francistown, Botswana’s second largest city.

The figures from the southern African country’s statistical agency, Statistics Botswana, which were released towards the tail end of Jan. 2020, indicated that unemployment rate increased by 3.1 percent to 20.7 percent in the past three years.

According to Letsholathebe, Botswana’s unemployment rate remains on the high side as observed by the 2019 quarterly multi-topic survey hence the need to find ways of tackling high unemployment.

“This therefore, calls for multipronged approaches from different sectors including our own education sector, each using its comparative advantage,” said Letsholathebe, saying focusing on vocational education and training by the education sector will open potential in job creation.

Exploiting these multipronged approaches will assist Botswana to position itself in the transformation path from middle-income to high-income status anchored on transforming from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based one as espoused in the southern African 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 in order to achieve sustainable quality education and increasing 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. Enditem

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