Be carefull with bogus institutions, NQA warns

07 Jan 2015 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 07 JAN (NAMPA) – The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) urged Namibian students to think carefully before enrolling with high institutions, in order to avoid registering with bogus institutions.
In a media statement on Tuesday, the NQA said while a qualification can represent hope for economic emancipation and a better future, that dream can turn into nightmare if that qualification is gained 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,” said NQA.
On a quarterly basis,the NQA releases a list of accredited institutions to empower the public in choosing the right institutions for their further studies.
NQA said education and training is critical as it is not only facilitating the enhancement of employability of graduates, but also to ensure that the link between education 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 outlined for Vision 2030 and National development Plan (NDP 4),” said NQA.
The NQA therefore invited all training providers to proactively apply for accreditation and register all their programmes on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
It added that the priority to sustainable socio-economic development and accomplishing national objectives lies in education and qualifications.