The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities in the National University of Lesotho (NUL), Dr Paul Leshota says a new Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism program to be introduced in the coming academic year is expected to accommodate both employed and unemployed candidates.

He said this on Friday, noting that the institution is looking into the diverse needs of potential applicants though he could not say whether the program will be issued at the main campus or at the Institute of Extra Mural Studies (IEMS).

He said it has not been decided whether the program will be a full or part-time Course, but the needs of potential learners will be taken into consideration before everything is finalised.

At this stage, Dr Leshota said the program is yet to be submitted to the Council of Higher Education (CHE) for evaluation, adding that the faculty has completed its part and awaiting the rest of the remaining part of the process to be finalised.

Meanwhile, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Lesotho Chapter has commended the National University of Lesotho for finally introducing a B.A Journalism program in its curriculum.

MISA National Director (ND), Mr. Lekhetho Ntsukunyane said the program comes at a time when media reforms are in process, and capacity building is of great necessity.

He said reforming media includes among other things, education, which he expressed hope that will change the media environment for the better, even if the change is seen in a few years’ time.

Mr. Ntsukunyane, who had earlier written to NUL management, to inquire about the program, which was supposed to have started two years ago, remarked that it would be advantageous if it comes in both full-time and part-time classes to allow working journalists to also benefit.

The program has been supported by the U.S government through its embassy in Maseru.

Source: LENA 16/04/2021

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