He starts work at his new station on April 1. The position was allegedly rejected by Tickey Pule, who was being transferred from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs where she was permanent secretary. The BPSC management structure has been reportedly upgraded, with the head's position of executive director moved to F1 salary scale.
Setume was a senior education officer at various stations before he was promoted to deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Education, where he was caretaker for the department of student placement and welfare. He was redeployed to NACA last year with other deputy permanent secretaries of the ministry including permanent secretary, Ruth Maphorisa, who was transferred to the Ministry of Sports, Youth and Culture.
Edward Tswaipe, vice president of Trainers and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) welcomed the appointment of Setume saying that they have been concerned about the vacuum and the delay in filling the post because it has negatively affected the college's activities.
"If they have done so, we will welcome any person who is committed to developing the college in its new mandate.
Any competent, independent-minded strategic leader, who is a good listener and understands the mandate of the college as serving the national interest and not just Directorate of Personnel Management (DPSM) would do well at BPSC. The biggest challenge for anyone leading BPSC will always be how to work with DPSM and still fulfil his or her role," he said.
He added that they are worried that the college has been operating below capacity and some of its facilities are very old. "Remember this college was started as the first government vocational training institution by the British colonial administration in 1962. Trees and ceilings are falling," he said. He added that the authorities must speed up other appointments so that the college can start running at full speed as this transformation has been unnecessarily too long and has traumatised staff. "Whoever is appointed to lead has a lot to do. TAWU will work with anybody who is open-minded," he said.
However it is reported that the transformation of the college has stalled because of competition for top posts, which authorities allegedly want to parcel out to loyalists. Government restructured the institution to refocus on its original mandate of equipping public servants with skills instead of catering for Form Five leavers.