Botho University College Management this week addressed the press about the recent students’ strikes that hit both their Gaborone and Francistown campuses due to students’ complaints about book allowances and unaccredited courses that students had enrolled for. The Vice Chancellor of the University Raja Ram has confirmed that some of their programmes are not accredited even though they reveal the number of such courses. She said that is not a process that should worry anyone because as Botho University they are complying and they have always been – which is one of the things that have made them to get the BOS ISO certificate. She said the outrage from students is unfortunate because they have tried in many occasions to try and talk to them but they have not been able to reach an amicable consensus with them. “We even engaged Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) which wrote them a letter but the SRC for some reason chose not to believe what the letter was saying even though BQA even put the statement in local papers,” she said.
Ram said there is nothing wrong with teaching a course that is not accredited yet but rather approved, and that is the rule that is stated. She said approval of a course means that they can teach it even while they await certification from BQA and that is not the case with Botho University only but with other universities around. “We have had all this focus for quality education and that is why we have invested in infrastructure and everything else like data management system to make sure that we run efficiently,” she said. She said they have qualified staff from 16 nationalities with their programmes externally robust and have also been taking feedback from students to see how they can make their services better. Ram said they do accept the apprehension by students because of accreditation because that shows that they take their education seriously even though they would not have wanted it to happen the way it did. She urged students to continue with their courses because BQA have everything under control and that is why they also issued a statement to everyone and the parents for the public not to panic.