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Vocational training to be regulated more.

The National Training Authority (NTA) and Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding on the registration and accreditation of persons, institutions or organisations providing vocational education and training courses as well as the courses, as part of an effort to elevate the quality of vocational education in the country.

According to Maria Nangolo-Rukoro, CEO of NTA, the MoU confirms that the institution will recognise decisions on accreditation for vocational education training providers made by the NQA Council and in turn, the NQA shall recognise decisions on registration of vocational education training providers by the Standards Assessment and Certification Council, a standing committee of the NTA.


Nangolo-Rukoro said that in carrying out the agreement, "the providers of vocational education and training are informed that within one year of the gazetting of the regulations for the registration of the vocational education training providers, no new providers of vocational education training shall be allowed to operate in Namibia unless with the NTA."

Franz Gertze, director of the Namibia Qualifications Authority, added that: "NQA will not recognise any qualifications awards from any vocational education training institutions unless registered with NTA; hence registration with NTA is a pre-requisite for accreditation."

Furthermore, such an institution should apply for accreditation within one year after registering if it intends to offer national qualifications or qualifications registered on National Qualification Framework (NQF) amongst others.

"For vocational education training institutions that have already applied for accreditation, the NQA shall proceed and consider such applications," Nangolo-Rukoro said.

The MoU will be reviewed on an ongoing basis for strategic and logistical approaches.

By Johanna Absalom
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Author:Absalom, Johanna
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Date:Sep 30, 2011
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