NQA to recognise short courses

31 Jul 2016 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JUL (NAMPA) - The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) will soon recognise short courses on the Namibia Qualifications Framework (NQF).
This is aimed at awarding credible certificates to unemployed and employed trainees in order to attest to their attainment of skills and knowledge.
The NQA, therefore, partnered with the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) that works directly with the training providers.
Making the announcement at a joint NQA and NTA media conference in the capital on Thursday, NQA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Franz Gertze said this was done within the interest of Namibia’s development goals.
“The recognition of short courses in Namibia is on the move with regard to the development of people as envisaged in the national development plans and the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP),” he said.
The recognition of short courses is part of the economic advancement of the country, saying the more people are qualified the better equipped they are to upscale the economy.
“Namibians themselves are on the move. They want to improve their lives and learning has greatly improved significantly over the years,” he added.
Learning is not limited to classrooms and can take place informally, such as in enterprise learning while working.
On his part, NTA CEO Jerry Beukes said both regulatory institutions were inundated with requests from industry and training institutions alike for short courses to be recognised.
The challenge of the non-recognition of short courses was further highlighted with the introduction by the NTA of Regulations for the Registration of Vocational Education and Training (VET) Providers (Government Notice 300) and Regulations Relating to the Use of the VET Levy for Funding Training Programmes and Projects (Government Notice 5395).
The recognition of short courses will be implemented once both the NTA and the NQA have concluded engaging their stakeholders such as the training providers.