The Battle Towards Skill Based Competency Integration to Knowledge Based Competency in the Sustainable Development of Growing Economy
Letsatsi M T.1, Agarwal A.2, Seretse O.M.3
1Letsatsi M.T., Department of Industrial Design & Technology. University of Botswana.
2Agarwal A., Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Botswana.
3Seretse O.M., Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Botswana.

Manuscript received on 06 April 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 11 May 2019 | Manuscript published on 30 May 2019 | PP: 1101-1105 | Volume-8 Issue-1, May 2019 | Retrieval Number: A1863058119/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: There is a marathon of the developing countries to enhance on industrialization establishment. One might ask why it took most of the developing countries too long to spend on innovation and creativity. The possible response might be; it is because of colonial influence, since the developing countries initially relied on aids from the early industrialized countries. The type of education, style of living and even the health attitude, were all driven from the master colony. The machinery, expertise and technology from the so called developed countries shifted the indigenous skill and knowledge into the past. The way we speak, dress and survive dramatically changed. These adoptions of foreign style slowly and slowly destroyed our culture. Even the indigenous food is no longer our favorite. It is now at a very late stage that the developing countries are trying to revert to their way of past lost doing of things or try to screen on what went wrong. This study attempts to investigate the current trend of knowledge and skill based competency among academic leaders’ and their experience towards engineering curriculum. To obtain data, the investigator ensured that surveys were sent to different level of students studying bachelor of mechanical engineering course at University of Botswana. Based on 239 survey the study shows that 97.4% students appreciated to peruse skill based competency while 64.1% want knowledge based approach. 87.2% students preferred Personalized, Competency-Based Learning than the traditional learning in their education.
Index Terms: Knowledge, Skill, Sustainable Development, Technology Transfer, Competition, Quality Education.

Scope of the Article: Social Sciences