Monday, October 26, 2020

BQA Board struggling to control a CEO they did not appoint

The Board of Botswana Qualification Authority is finding it hard to supervise the Chief Executive – at least two people familiar with the details have said.

These details emerged after half of BQA Executive Committee were suspended.

Details have also come out indicating that the BQA Board played no role in recruiting or appointing the current CEO when the founding Chief, Abel Modungwa retired.

“The CEO was handed to us, not even by the minister but by president Mokgweetsi Masisi,” one board member said.

It was then that the Board Chairman, Charles Siwawa flew to Canada to go and meet her as she was still working there.

It was the first time Siwawa had set his eyes on the future CEO.

Last week the CEO had some employees’ five-year contracts reduced to two years.

No reasons were advanced.

Early in the year BQA dismissed 19 of staff members. 

They have since taken BQA to court.

Last week the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and two other directors became the latest to be suspended. A total of seven executive level employees were let go in that week alone.

Since the new CEO arrived, BQA has not enjoyed stability with some of those she found when she arrives resisting some of her changes.

Botsalo Mosimakoko has previously worked in Canada from where she was recruited.

It turns out that when she was recruited the board did not even have a chance to evaluate her qualifications.

Ms Mosimakoko is a teacher by training, having worked her way up and attained a Masters and doctorate degrees in Education. 

The Sunday Standard has seen her resume and shown it to three experts for a bird’s view evaluation.

All of them are of a general view that she does not have the necessary experience to run an organisation of BQA mandate.

“Her expertise is mainly in research. It is useful but is not adequate given the BQA focus,” one of them said.

They said her qualifications are nowhere near sufficient given the demands of leading a national qualifications authority.

Among other things she taught at Westwood International School and also at Lobatse Teacher Training College as it was then called. She has been apart time lecturer at the university of Botswana and has been a senior lecturer at Tlokweng College of Education.

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