Saturday, June 3, 2023

BAC phases out NCC computer course for lack of transparency

The Botswana Accounting College (BAC) has finally decided to abandon a course that they say lacks transparency and has caused some students to prefer staying at home.

The Enterprise Networking Module, a computer course originating from the National Computer Center in the United Kingdom, will not be offered to students as from next term as some of its modules bear horrific results that can not be explained.

Originating from the UK, the course has been offered at BAC for close to 12 years and has different modules.
However, results of the last module offered to part-time students showed that they all have to re-sit for the same exam for the third time.

This did not go down well with students as they don’t understand how all part-time students could fail the same course twice. The results also came late without any form of explanation. Some of the students have lost their scholarships with the private companies because of the delay.

The Director of Computer Science at BAC, Jalamoyo Male, said, “We are aware of that issue of the part-time students and we are waiting for a response from the UK about the state of the results.”
Male told Sunday Standard in an interview that they are still waiting for a response from NCC in UK, having sent a communiqu├® at the end of February but, he said, “up to now there has not been any response”.

Male confirmed that of all the modules from the NCC, the enterprise networking module performed badly last year. He revealed that the problem is not the course but the administration.
“We have asked NCC in UK to show us the transcripts of the students so as to see what went wrong.”

Ultimately, BAC saw it fit to abandon the course for other degree programs that are more transparent and competitive in today’s market.

Currently BAC is in the process of phasing out the NCC computer module, replacing it with a degree course in conjunction with the University of Sunderland.

The course will run for four years without intermediate exits as was the case with NCC.

Male pleaded with the affected students to exercise patience as they are waiting for a response from the UK, saying that until they get the response, there is nothing they could do.


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