The newly appointed Chancellor of Botswana Open University Ponatshego Kedikilwe has urged Batswana to take advantage of the university to improve their lives. Kedikilwe, who is the founding chancellor of Botswana Open University, said it aims to create more opportunities for Batswana so as to better their lives. He said not everyone will go through the conventional system of education, hence the university is ideal. Botswana Open University (BOU) – formerly BOCODOL – commenced operation in December 2017 after being enacted through the law of parliament which was signed on 6th November 2017. Kedikilwe said BOU is going to improve what has been there offered through the then BOCODOL. He said it is going to improve access for Batswana to life long-learning. Botswana Open University offers education through correspondence with people being able to learn at their pace. “We do not want to leave any one out as we cater for all Batswana who want to further their studies. This kind of education is used in a number of countries and has created desirable results,” said Kedikilwe, urging Batswana to take it seriously and desist from the stereotype that it is for those who did not do well in conventional education.
“There many people who have gone through this set up and are holding high positions. This university is for everyone who wants to improve their lives or qualifications,” he added. Botswana Open University’s primary function shall be the provision of quality tertiary, professional training through open schooling and the provision of in-service programmes to upgrade staff skills. The mandate ties well with ideals of poverty eradication, equitable education as well as citizen empowerment. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research Science and Technology Dr Theophilus Mooko said they are working round the clock to make the transition go very well. Dr Mooko said they want the transition to move as smooth as possible. Since the Chancellor has been appointed, Dr Mooko said they are moving to appoint the vice chancellor as well as the council. These appointments will be done in the next two months.