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StudentsThe Government of Botswana has invested a lot of resources in the development and growth of the education system inline with the country's Vision 2016 pillar of "An Educated and Informed Nation". The standard of public education in Botswana is considered to be comparable to international standards.

Botswana's total investment in knowledge (including investment in public and private spending on higher education) has been increasing over the years. Owing to the tight budget as consequent to the effects of the global financial and economic crisis, the government of Botswana re-organized and identified priority areas that can be attended to first, while the economy recovers. The Education sector has proved such an area for the government with the Ministry of Education and Skills Development being allocated the largest share of 31.1% out of all ministries on the budget proposal for 2011/2012. The budget will among others cater for an increase in bursaries for post secondary students and opening of three new senior secondary schools. This demonstrates the commitment that the government has towards the education of its citizenry. 

The adult literacy rate in Botswana currently stands at 82.9% which is above most SADC countries. 

Botswana Education Enrolments 


 

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Primary  Schools

 

 

 

local Government & Grant Aided Schools

313,900

311,840

312,115

312,808

311,143

311,863

311,536

Private Enrolment

16,471

16,852

17,076

17,609

16,475

17,562

19,239

Total Std 1 enrolment

52,589

50,868

53,427

53,483

52,420

50,735

51,830

pupil: teacher ratio

26.0

25.8

25.6

25.4

25.2

24.6

25.1

Secondary Schools

 

 

Community Junior and Secondary Schools

118,503

114,457

115,171

119,163

162,823

115,171

119,163

Senior Secondary (Excluding Form 6)

35,719

36,157

36,583

43,245

45,829

36,583

43,245

Private Secondary Schools

8,302

8,225

8,246

7,109

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Tertiary Institutions Enrolment

 

Teacher Training Colleges

1,526

1,390

1,486

1,379

1,390

1,486

1,379

College of Education

1,802

1,659

1,505

1,386

1,659

1,505

1,386

University of Botswana

15,628

15,724

15,710

16,239

15,477

15,710

16,239

*Provisional- Not Available
Source: Central Statistics Office Source: Central Statistics Office, Stats UPDATE MARCH 2010

Adult Literacy Rates in Botswana

Adult Literacy rates

2009

National

82.9

Male

82.8

Female

82.9

Source: Human Development Report 2009

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