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Saturday 23 May 2015



Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) was established through an Act of Parliament in 1998 and started operating as a semi-autonomous institution in December 2000.



Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (Bocodol)

Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning

Bridging the Education Gap

The institution’s mandate is to extend education and training to out-of-school youth and adults using Open and Distance Learning (ODL) methodologies. BOCODOL’s offerings include: School Equivalency (Junior Certificate and Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education), Vocational; Management; and Professional programmes at Certificate, Diploma and Degree levels.


‘The institution of choice for flexible and lifelong learning’


‘To provide quality, innovative and sustainable open and distance learning programmes and services to empower clients with knowledge, attitudes and skills for entrepreneurship and global competitiveness’


• Your satisfaction is our pride (Customer focus)
• Equitable access for all (inclusiveness)
• We pull together (Teamwork)
• Technology is our engine of success (Technology-oriented)
• Innovation is our key to success (Innovation)
• We are business-orientated in approach (Entrepreneurship)




ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES School Equivalency Programmes

• Junior Certificate (JC)
• Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE)


Certificate Programmes
• Small-scale Business Management (SSBM)
• Certificate in Distance Education Practitioner (CDEP)


Diploma Programmes
• Diploma in Human Resources Management (DHRM)
• Diploma in Business Management (DBM)
• Diploma in Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD)
• Diploma in Primary Education (DPE)


Degree Programmes
• Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources and Industrial Relations)
• Bachelor of Business and Entrepreneurship (BBE)


Post-Graduate Certificate
• Practitioner Research Evaluation and Skills Training (PREST)


Co-Curricular Activities
As an ODL institution, this means that learners study from their different localities. Other learners would be full-time employees who would not have time for involvement in co-curricular activities. So the College’s learners do not participate in any co-curricular activities.


BOCODOL has its Headquarters in Gaborone and Regional Centres in Francistown, Gaborone, Kang, Maun and Palapye. Due to its nature of imparting education, BOCODOL uses already existing government/public infrastructure as its study/learning centres all over the country. All in all, the College has around 105 study centres.


The BOCODOL Library and Information Service has grown and continues to grow to aid College programmes. The Library at Headquarters provides strategic leadership and coordinates the development and effective functioning of libraries at the regional entres. The library is fully automated and uses L4U library management systems.

International and Local Awards
The College has won many awards, among them the Commonwealth of Learning Excellence Award in 2006.


Academic Calendar
Semester 1: August – December
Semester 2: January – June



Registration Procedure
The registration procedures vary according to programmes but the learners have to fill in forms and present them to the College offices together with the required documents. In the case of registration fees, these are deposited in either the College’s banks or at the Post Office, depending on the programme and the receipts presented to the College upon registration.


A New Dawn: Bocodol ’s Transformation into an Open Unversity
In 2008, Government approved a Tertiary Education Policy (2008) Rec. 6 (vii) that: ‘A university or institute of ODL should be established as a separate institution dedicated to tertiary level ODL either as a new institution or through the development of BOCODOL with a mandate expanded beyond its current remit to embrace tertiary education’.


Following the development and approval of the Human Development Strategy (NHRD 2009 - 2022), the BOCODOL Board found the need to support the national desire for selfsufficiency in human resource development by expanding its mandate to transform into an Open University. This would bring a lot of benefits, among which would be the following:

• Provision of capacity for prompt response to labour market requirements for in-service and continuing professional development programmes.
• The ability to develop, offer and accredit university-level programmes independently.


The decision to transform into an Open University was followed by an Organisational Review in 2009/10 and this resulted in a developed transformational framework which was approved by the Board and the Ministry of Education in 2010/2011. The Ministry of Education & Skills Development in collaboration with BOCODOL thereafter undertook stakeholder consultations around the country which yielded massive support for the transformation. The whole process culminated into Presidential Directive CAB 37(a) Dec 2011 which approved BOCODOL’s transformation into an Open University.


The BOCODOL leadership in its 50th Board meeting approved the 2012 – 2016 Strategic Plan that outlines the transformation path. The leadership also developed and approved the organisational structure and budget in line with the transformation.

The fully-fledged Open University is expected to be in place by 2016.