BAC avers offering industry related courses

FRANCISTOWN: The Botswana Accounting College (BAC) averred that it offers programmes that are market related at its Francistown campus.

Briefing stakeholders at the BAC Open Day at the Francistown campus last week, the BAC Francistown campus manager Gape Maplanka said that their lecturers come from various places around the world. 

He added that the Francistown campus offers internationally recognised qualifications through international partnerships with universities in the United Kingdom. 

Maplanka said that after the opening of the Gaborone campus, Parliament found that there was a need to open another campus in Francistown in order to address shortage of skills in the northern part of the country. 


Initially, Maplanka explained that the Francistown campus offered one programme, but later offered computing programmes and business and leisure programmes keeping in mind what the people of the greater Francistown needed. 

“Our mandate is to serve the northern market and make an impact in the region through exceptional teaching and learning through strong collaboration with the industry and community,” he said. 

He added that due to the changing job market, BAC is committed to infusing entrepreneurship amongst students through the college of entrepreneurial and skills centre. 

Furthermore, Maplanka noted that students are placed in various industries as part of their study to understand and gain first hand experience of what is happening in the industry. 

The college registrar William Sekgatsa said all their courses are fully accredited and recognised by the government through regulatory bodies such as Botswana Qualifications Authority  (BQA) and the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC). 

“There are many reasons why one should choose BAC, but I will just outline a few which I believe are important and you should be aware of,” he said. 

Sekgatsa explained that BAC admission is not based on BGCSE points but on subjects passed relevant to one’s choice of programme. 

He pleaded with parents not to impose their choices on what courses their children should study. 

He added that he was aware that some parents impose their own choices about what courses and ultimately careers their children should pursue at tertiary institutions upon completion of secondary education. 

Sekgatsa noted that if parents impose their own career choices on young people and change the way the youngsters do things, they will end up in careers they do not actually like and will end up quitting or never getting anywhere with it. 

Labour experts are of the view that if parents force or impose their own choices on young people, it may have repercussions in future.

The pundits say that upon completion of the programmes and ultimately finding gainful employment, the child may feel bored about what they are doing which will subsequently lead to low productivity. 

Young people, the experts note, are supposed to be given a chance to make their own decisions and to live their consequences even if it means failure.

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