Namibian Qualifications Authority (NQA) Chief Executive Officer Franz Gertze has encouraged educational institutions operating in the country to register with their organisation to protect prospective students from attaining questionable credentials.
In a statement released this afternoon Gertze said NQA is positioning itself for a productive year with increasing public awareness and access topping the institution’s list of goals.
“To attain its objective to become an industrialised nation by 2030, it is imperative for the country to produce an appropriately skilled and educated workforce. Education, and by extension, qualifications is the first step towards sustainable socio-economic development and attaining national objectives. As such, quality assurance is critical in education and training as it not only facilitates enhancement of employability of graduates but also ensures that the link between educational outcomes and societal needs is strengthened. It is therefore the NQA’s quest to ensure that all institutions of higher learning in Namibia offer programmes and qualifications that meet the required standards and are aligned to the national developmental goals as outlined in both vision 2030 and NDP 4,” Gertze said.
He added that their quest will require vigorous engagement with relevant stakeholders in the education sector.
“The NQA as the industry regulator is there to protect the public from unscrupulous individuals who are running bogus institutions and misleading the nation. It is for this reason that the NQA implores prospective students to think carefully before enrolling at any institution of higher learning. While a qualification can represent hope for economic emancipation and a better future, that dream can turn into a nightmare if that qualification is attained from an unaccredited institution. People should not be misled by certain institutions that spend thousands of dollars advertising on radio and full page adverts in the newspapers – all the while offering unregistered qualifications that are not worth the paper they are printed on,” he said.
He added that NQA will on a quarterly basis release a list containing all the accredited institutions of higher learning in Namibia.
“One of the NQA’s strategic goals this year is to take the institution and its services to the people. With increasing demand for higher education, coupled with the growing threat of qualifications fraud, it has become increasingly important for the NQA to become more visible, known and accessible to the public,” he said.