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Foreign qualifications must be accredited in country of origin - NQA

Sun, 21 October 2012 21:34
by Jemima Beukes
Education

The Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA) does not accredit foreign qualifications or training institutions if they are not registered in Namibia, Polli Andima, Head of Accreditation at the NQA said last week.
Andima made these remarks to clear up the confusion surrounding the accreditation of internationally recognised courses through local educational training centres or colleges like Monitronics.
“We do not accredit foreign institutions or foreign courses or qualifications only the ones registered in Namibia. What we normally do is tell clients who want to pursue foreign qualifications to double check with us whether or not those qualifications are quality assured in their countries of origin,” Andima said.
He also said that students who have foreign qualifications should take them for an evaluation by the NQA.
The principal of Monitronics, Daniel Nyaungwa said it is important for people to understand the difference between the recognition and accreditation of courses.
“Monitronics is merely a teaching centre for courses from internationally recognised institutions that have all been accredited by the qualification boards of their countries,” he said.
Nyaungwa added that they usually urge their students to go to the NQA should they have any doubt about any course offered by Monitronics.
“Whenever our students are in doubt, we usually give them a form to take to NQA who can indicate to them whether or not the course will be recognised in Namibia upon completion,” he said, adding that they are now pushing for NQA to have a list of courses offered through his college as well as elaborate information regarding them.
He further pointed out that the delay in processing and administering application is becoming a serious headache since courses change over time to adapt to the change in technologies and trends.
“We sent an application to the NQA in 2002 requesting to have our courses accredited but they only responded in 2007 and only issued us with a certificate of accreditation in 2010. “Imagine if I applied for accreditation for an IT course and only got a response after 10 years! How could we be innovative in our teaching and lecturing when we have to wait for 10 years for that course to be accredited to teach a new software? By the time we get a response, that particular software will have been outdated,” Nyaungwa said.