NQA grants three institutions accreditation
The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) recently granted accreditation to three institutions, namely NamWater Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC), Welwitchia Health Training Centre and Kambaku Lodge and Safaris CC.
Two additional institutions, namely, the Institute of Information Technology (liT) and AIMS were granted re-accreditation and authority to expand their scope of programmes and sites. This brings the number of accredited institutions in Namibia to 44.
Accreditation is confirmation by the NQA that an institution has the capacity to provide specified courses and assess the performance of persons enrolled in such courses.
In granting accreditation, the NQA considers various requirements as per the provisions of the gazetted Regulations for Accreditation.
While the number of accredited institutions in Namibia is on a steady increase, the NQA strongly cautions prospective learners not to fall into the trap of studying at unaccredited institutions, at home or abroad.
Studying at unaccredited institutions has very serious consequences for learners. Due to the fact that these institutions are not quality assured, it is impossible to validate the quality of qualifications and thus the employability of graduates from such institutions.
Additionally, these institutions’ qualifications are not registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and therefore their qualifications will not be recognised by the NQA.
Essentially, qualifications obtained at unaccredited institutions in Namibia or elsewhere in the world are not recognised as legal and therefore hold no value.
At this time of the year when most people are applying for enrolment at various institutions, the NQA advices prospective learners to first contact the NQA in order to verify the status of the institution and programme or course before they enrol for any programme.