Moma, the regional capital of Botswana, is hosting the 2019 edition of the Educational Entry Examination (EFE) and is expected to attract up to 100,000 students.
The exam, which will take place from Wednesday, June 29, will be the first of its kind to be held in the country since its independence in 1963.
“This is the first time we have a national qualification test,” said Dawit Shafile, Moma’s director of community and local development.
He said the new exam will allow the state to attract more students.
“The first round of the exam will be held on June 29 and the second round will be on July 5, 2020,” he said.
“We have to attract students in order to fund the infrastructure.”
Dow Jones predicts Moma will receive around 3.2 million people, but not all of them will be interested in the exam.
There will be around 1,300 test takers for the exam, according to the Botswana National Institute of Education (BNIE), which oversees the qualification process.
However, Dawn Purnama, a lecturer in international development at Mama, said the competition could turn out to be a boon for the city.
Ms Purnam said: “There is a lot of enthusiasm for Moma for the test.
This competition is an opportunity for the state and the state government to bring in more foreign students to the city and to get more people engaged in the city.”
Mamba was recently ranked as one of the most innovative and promising cities in Botswana.
In the same year, Mambas education department launched a digital hub that will enable students to learn about education and gain knowledge on topics including digital technology and digital literacy.
For more information, visit Mambas Education.