Over 2 000 students fall victim to bogus institutions

25 Sep 2016 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 25 SEP (NAMPA) – More than 2 000 students have lost money in bogus institutions not recognised and accredited by the Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA).
This was said by the Namibia Students’ Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) Chief Executive Officer Hilya Nghewete in a statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday.
“More students saw their pursuit of a recognised degree go up in smoke as the NQA would not recognise certain academic institutes and their qualifications,” she noted.
Nghiwete warned students that the fund has no mandate to finance students pursuing courses at institutions which are not accredited and certified by the NQA.
The NQA promotes quality education and training in Namibia through the development and management of a comprehensive and flexible National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
She explained that the fund provides different types of funding to Namibian students wanting to pursue degrees, and is often confronted with questions about the rejection of funding for certain institutions.
“Because NSFAF has the very important task of providing the means for the youth of Namibia to be educated at tertiary level, it is essential that the monies spent on the students is not misspent. This is why NSFAF only works with NQA certified institutions,” Nghiwete said.
She stressed that this is a major problem as Namibians determined to get an education get duped into paying fees for degrees that have no meaning and no standing with prospective employees, as their qualifications obtained from bogus institutions are not officially recognised.
Nghiwete noted that the NQA has been regulated by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture which is controlling institutions that offer courses, diplomas and degrees in the country.
“That is why NSFAF is so very strict about this regulation and happy that there is more legislation coming to curtail the ‘fly-by-night’ institutions, without certifications. It is also why the NSFAF is very selective in its partnerships with international academic institutions,” she stressed.
Nghiwete advised students to ensure that the academic institutions and courses they are applying for are recognised by the NQA and by NSFAF, both nationally and internationally.