Human Resources Development Council (HRDC)’s capacity expansion drive has cost P110.5 million during the 2016/17 financial period.
Details from HRDC 2016/17 annual report have indicated that HRDC’s financial resources requirements increased moderately from the previous year.
The approved budget for the year under review was P110.5 million, reads part of the report.
“The 2016/17 annual budget represented an increase of 9percent from the previous year,” reads part of the annual report released on Monday at a press conference to announce the 2018 Botswana Human Resource Development Skills Fair and Career Clinics in Francistown.
According to the report, the budget was funded by a government recurrent grant of P47.93 million, a capital grant of P10.17 million (P2 million from government grant and P8.17 million from the deferred capital grants), human resource development fund administration fee of P29 million and the balance of P23.4 million from other sources.
The report disclosed that the recurrent expenditure constituted 91 percent of the budget while capital expenditure constituted 9 percent of the budget.
Furthermore, the report indicated that the actual expenditure for the year under review was P79.6 million.
“Personnel emoluments and related costs were P48.98 million representing an increase of 35 percent. The increase was largely due to staff salary back pays emanating from the transition from Tertiary Education Council (TEC) and HRDC,” the report has stated.
The second major cost, according to the annual report, was the Botswana Human Resource Development Skills Fair and Career Clinics at P4.9 million, registering a significant increase from the previous year figure of P3.26 million.
The Skills Fair and Career Clinics were last year held for the first time in Francistown.
“All this was in an effort to improve service delivery by reaching out to prospective learners in the northern Botswana,” reads the report in part.
According to the report, stakeholder consultations (an aggregation of stakeholder meetings, conferences, travel and accommodation) gobbled up P4.51 million.
In justifying stakeholder consultations, HRDC stated in its report that the consultations are critical to the success of the council, as the public in general are the consumers of the HRDC products and services.
Consultancy services remained high at P2.05 million as HRDC continued with the development of Sector Human Resource Development plans and other tools and frameworks for tertiary education planning, it has been stated.