Interviews for more top postions in Botswana underway

Stabroek News
May 28, 1999

Interviews to fill more professional positions in the public service of Botswana in southern Africa have begun in Guyana while traditional public servants here have resorted to industrial action to back their demands for increased wages and salaries.

In March of this year, the government of Botswana advertised vacancies for 100 teaching posts, 20 registered nurses and midwives, openings for doctors, dentists and veterinarians, some 10 architects, 20 quantity surveyors, 20 specialist legal draft persons and engineers.

Informed sources have indicated to Stabroek News that some 8,000 applicants responded to the advertisement but only 300 persons were shortlisted for interviews which began earlier this week. It is expected that the teachers will be required to leave during the August holidays but other professionals are more or less urgently required.

Salaries being offered teachers range between US$900 to US$2,200 per month, nurses/midwives are being offered from US$17,000 to US$17,500 per annum, while the other categories of professionals are being offered from US$26,000 per annum to US$45,000 per annum.

In February a batch of some 82 teachers and other professionals left for Botswana after some 100 vacancies were advertised late last year.

Apart from teachers, a number of other professionals left along with their spouses to fill existing vacancies. Stabroek News understands that even though the advertisement targeted CARICOM nationals, a tremendous response came from Guyana compared to other countries in the region. (Miranda La Rose)

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Guyana: Land of Six Peoples