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Office of Dean of Student Affairs

Department of Student Affairs

 

Profile- Dean of Student Affairs Mr. Ronald Mokoma

Mr. Mokoma holds a Diploma in Youth Work obtained from the Commonwealth Africa Regional Centre for Youth Development in Zambia, a Diploma in Community Development from Mount Carmel International Institute in Haifa, Israel, Bachelor of Arts from the National University of Lesotho and Master of Public Administration obtained from the University of Botswana. He attended courses on Training Management, Training of Trainers in Management, Project Management Systems, Disaster Management, Open and Distance Learning, Learner Support and Monitoring and Evaluation.

 

Mr. Mokoma has a working experience of thirty eight years in various capacities as Youth officer, Welfare Officer, Rehabilitation Officer for Offenders (Lesotho Government), Programmes Officer for youth and as Director of Programmes (Lesotho Red Cross Society). He further has experience in project supervision, teaching, relief operations, programme management, human resources management and community development. He is also the Co-founder of the Lesotho Workcamps Association and a founding member of Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organizations.

 

He joined the National University of Lesotho in 1994 as a Senior Administrator Academic and Appointments Units rising from the rank of Administrative Assistant to Assistant Registrar and finally Senior Assistant Registrar. He was later appointed Extension Educator (Regional Coordinator) for the Institute of Extra Mural Studies of NUL based in Thaba- Tseka in 2010. He acted as the Dean of Student Affairs from December 2013 and was appointed to the same position in August 2014.

 

Overview

The Department of Student Affairs has been established to create a home away from home climate for students and enabling environment for their effective learning; assisting them in realizing their educational objective; support and enhance their health and wellbeing. The department takes responsibility to support students during their live in the university by enhancing their social, personal and academic growth and development both individually and collectively.

 

This focuses on providing welfare and care; supporting their mental, emotional,  spiritual, physical development and growth; enhancing student discipline; promoting student health and wellness; enhancing their commitment to professional values enshrined in those of NUL. The department offers a wide range of facilities and services under the following units: Student Welfare Unit; Career and Counseling Unit; Health Centre and Sports, Recreation and Culture Unit. The latter runs twenty three sport codes.

 

The department has a professional team of Welfare Officers, Counselors, Nurses and Wardens with experience in their areas of expertise. It is headed by the Dean of Student Affairs who reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor. By virtue of his responsibility the Dean is the Ombudsperson and overseer of student affairs and serves in the University Management Team.  

 

Services

The Department offers a number of services in an effort to ensure an enabling environment for students and to indeed be a home away from home as follows: 

 

Counseling Unit:

The unit provides assistance to students to deal with ongoing life challenges that are social, psychological or emotional through individual and/or group counseling interventions.

 

Health Services:

The department has a health centre that provides services geared towards preventive and curative treatment as well as health education and counseling. While the service is provided mainly for students and staff it is also extended to the members of the communities in the Roma Health Centre Catchment area. The centre works in close cooperation with St. Joseph’s Hospital (5km away) which serves as its referral hospital.

 

Welfare Services

The unit provides accommodation, welfare and care for students, conflict management and resolution among students, security and safety of students and their property and emotional support to students during bereavement. It further assists students with personal, social and academic matters. Welfare Officers and Wardens play a pivotal role in developing impact programmes and practices that enhance student successes during their academic and extracurricular activities.

 

Safety and Security:

Desk Officers are deployed to halls of residence to control access to rooms, and visitation. Private security personnel patrol the halls of residence area 24/7.

 

Sports and Recreation:

The department provides recreational services for students to afford them a fuller and active lifestyle that will promote healthy interaction among themselves as well as leadership skills and a sense of loyalty and fair play. The university has sporting facilities supporting all sport codes in which students are involved. Sporting facilities include play grounds, halls and courts. Sport codes include Soccer (male and female), Basketball, Volleyball, Netball, Table-Tennis, Lawn Tennis, ring tennis, Chess, Boxing, Marshall arts, Softball, Cricket, Dancing, and Athletics. Choral music, Cultural activities are part of the activities in which students are involved.

 

Staff

Mr. Ronald C. Mokoma- Dean of Student Affairs

Bachelor of Arts (NUL), MPA (UB)

 

Mr. Morapeli Mohanoe- Welfare Officer

Dip in Adult Education (NUL) Post-grad. Dip. Counselling Education, B.Ed. UB,

MA Counselling & Human Services (UB)

 

Mr. Hlatsoane Thabane – Sports Officer

Advanced Diploma in Social Work (Dar es Salaam), BA Honours Probation Studies/Child Justice System, M.A Social Work (University of Port Elizabeth)

 

Mrs. Vuyelwa Ntoi- Counselling Psychologist

B.Sc. (Fort Hare), Adv. Dip. Ed. (Bristol), M.Ed. (Pittsburgh)     

                    

Mrs. Tholoana Maiketso- Counsellor

B.Ed. (NUL), Honors Ed. (UFS) Post Grad. Dip. Ed. (UFS), M.Ed. Psychology (UFS)

 

Dr.  Lydia ‘Makhoase Ranyali-Otubanjo

 Degree of Medicine (Galixto Garcia Havana Cuba), Master of Medicine STI/HIV (University of Sydney)

 

Mrs ‘Mankhethuoa Boleme – Nurse Clinician                            

General Nursing (St. Josephs) Dip. Midwifery (Queen II) Dip. Primary Health Care (NHTC) Dip. Adult Ed.

 

Mrs Tšeli Khotso- Psychiatrict Nurse 

Dip. General Nursing (Roma College of Nursing, Dip. Midwifery (Roma College of Nursing)   Dip.Psych. Nursing (NHTC)

 

Mr. Sylvester Matlejane- Pharmacy Technician  

Diploma in General Pharmaceutics (NHTC)

 

Mrs. Libuseng ‘Musi -   Chief Personal Secretary               

Cert. in Business Studies (IBC), Dip. in Secretarial Studies (Horizon Commercial College)