By Business Reporters
THE Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) recently granted accreditation to three institutions, namely NamWater Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC), Welwitschia Health Training Centre and Kambaku Lodge and Safaris. Two additional institutions, namely, the Institute of Information Technology (IIT) and AIMS were granted re-accreditation and authority to expand their scope of programmes and sites. This brings the number of accredited institutions in Namibia to 44.
Accreditation is confirmation by the NQA that an institution has the capacity to provide specified courses and assess the performance of persons enrolled in such courses. In this regard, accreditation provides learners with the assurance that the institutions have the capacity to deliver courses at the appropriate standard and that the qualification will likely be recognised by employers and other training providers. In granting accreditation, the NQA considers various requirements as per the provisions of the gazetted Regulations for Accreditation. These include requirements that the institution employs appropriately qualified staff, has designed relevant courses and study materials and provides appropriate facilities and resources for students. The final decision is made after due consideration by the NQA Council which comprises high level representation of Government, professional bodies, training providers and lobby groups.
While the number of accredited institutions in Namibia is on a steady increase, the NQA strongly cautions prospective learners not to fall into the trap of studying at unaccredited institutions, at home or abroad. Studying at unaccredited institutions has very serious consequences for learners.
Due to the fact that these institutions are not quality assured, it is impossible to validate the quality of qualifications and thus the employability of graduates from such institutions. Additionally, these institutions’ qualifications are not registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and therefore their qualifications will not be recognised by the NQA. Essentially, qualifications obtained at unaccredited institutions in Namibia or elsewhere in the world are not recognised as legal and therefore hold no value.
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