27 March 2017

Botswana: Bogus Colleges to Be Dealt With Sternly

The Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology is moving with speed to tighten screws on tertiary institutions that offer courses that are not recognised by the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA). This follows the completion of the ministry's five-year strategic plan. "The strategy is focused on transforming the country's economy into a knowledge-based one," said the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Theophilus Mooko.

Asked whether the ministry will be coming down hard on non-compliant colleges, Dr. Mooko said: "Hard is not the right word though the ministry is concerned by the growing complaints about non-compliance of a certain institutions." Dr. Mooko added: "The key thing is we need to ensure compliance at all cost. Through our regulatory body being Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA), we are now stepping up measures to ensure all institutions' programmes are fully accredited."

The PS said both government and self-sponsored students need to pay for a qualification that is complies with the standards and the regulations such that they are guaranteed of a potential to be hired after graduating. "So what we are going to see is that there is going be more enforcement and monitoring of delivery of great education including ensuring that all the programmes being offered are fully accredited," he said.

Dr. Mooko warned that the government will make sure that the standards and regulations are adhered to and the responsible authorities will deal with all the colleges that are seen to be taking the country's education for granted. Assistant Minister Fidelis Molao said the importance of delivering quality education at tertiary level cannot be overemphasized, adding that the National Human Resource Development Strategy (NHRDS) was offering sector-based HRD planning approach which seeks to address the problems of shortage of and mismatch of skills in the economy.

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