* BQA confirms the transition is being processed * Some churches allegedly withdrew
Kgolagano College of Theology, one of the country’s oldest tertiary institutions, is not accredited with the Botswana Qualification Authority (BQA), Botswana Guardian has established.
This week‘s inquiry brought confirmation to the longstanding dispute when the Chief Executive Officer of BQA, Dr. Botsalano Mosimakoko broke the stalemate by stating that the application for Kgolagano College is being processed and it is currently at decision-making stage.
“The Authority expects to have concluded the application before end of November”.
Mosimakoko said that Kgolagano College was registered and accredited as an Education and Training Provider (ETP) by the then Tertiary Education Council (TEC) on the 7th of August 2010. Following the establishment of
Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA), the College like all other providers was expected to apply to the Authority to transit from the legacy system.
The college is the second oldest tertiary institution in the country after the then Botswana College of Agriculture now BUAN. The college was formed in 1975 by the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA), which donated property and brought Reverend Richard Sales, an American missionary, to start the school registering it as a society.
The college has enrolled many reputable and high profile personalities some of whom are movers and shakers of the country’s economy. The latest class of high profile individuals to enter the college gates for training are the 28 members of Ntlo ya Dikgosi in 2020-21 who were trained for Certificate in Valued Leadership.
The Churches that are part of the college are Church of God in Christ (CGIC), Dutch Reformed Church in Botswana (DRC), Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botswana (ELCB), and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA), Anglican Church in Botswana (ACB) and the Botswana Christian Council (BCC).
The story of the college being unaccredited by the relevant authorities is a heated debate in the corridors of some owner-churches, and has the potential to cause serious friction among the respective congregations.
What is clear is that accusations and counter accusations are the order of the day among the leadership with some churches saying the college is unaccredited and they are on the verge of withdrawing their commitment to
sponsor their students and instead send them elsewhere.
On the other side, the college Principal, Reverend Moesiraela Prince Dibeela is confident that all is well despite the hiccup that the institution came across.
In an interview with Botswana Guardian, UCCSA Secretary General Reverend Ndebele said they have charged their leadership to engage with Kgolagano in order to see how they can collectively work together towards ensuring that Kgolagano becomes a training institution as it has been renowned.