Fraudulent qualifications on increase: Gertze

14 Mar 2018 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 MAR (NAMPA) – Between 250 and 300 cases of fraudulent qualifications have been reported with the Namibian Police Force.
This was announced by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA), Franz Gertze at a media engagement here on Wednesday.
He explained that qualifications submitted to the NQA - up to master degrees - are not always legal and authentic, raising the concern that fraudulent qualifications are increasing.
“We work with the police and we do not leave any stone unturned in order to root out people with forged qualifications in the system,” said Gertze.
People, he said, not only forge their qualifications but also the NQA qualification reports and submit these to personnel offices.
Gertze explained that the NQA has taken to reposition itself where it can serve the nation better and eradicate qualification fraud.
“Qualification fraud can lead us to lose our competitive advantage,” he said.
He added that between January 2017 and February 2018, the NQA registered 190 unit standard qualifications, and 2 914 accreditation status enquiries were completed.
He noted that 8 835 qualifications were evaluated out of which 1 141 were from foreigners and 7 694 were from Namibians.
Institutions that were accredited for various programmes to date were 43, applications received and being processed by the Accreditation, Assessment and Audit Department to date are 35, while the institutions due for re-accreditation are 19.
Enquiries recorded regarding accreditation, re-accreditation and expansion (walk-in clients and email enquiries) are 452. The number of audit applications ready for council are 12, number of applications for accreditation ready for council are nine, number of applications for expansion ready for council are eight, while the number for compliance checks are five.