Qualifications Authority releases booklet of accredited institutions
In a bid to assist the public to register with the right institutions and desist from enrolling with bogus institutions, the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) will issue an updated list of all accredited Namibian institutions in a booklet to be distributed countrywide.
NQA Spokeswoman, Catherine Shipushu said “This is in line with the NQA’s objective to enhance public access to its services and information that will enable them to make informed decisions.”
In some cases, Shipushu said institutions go beyond their specified accreditation scope by offering courses that have not been quality assured.
“This bears bad results to learners because although the institution is accredited, any qualification that falls outside the scope of accreditation will not be recognised,” she added.
The booklet contains the list of Namibian institutions that are currently accredited by the NQA and have been found to have the capacity to offer specific courses at the appropriate level of quality and assess the performance of learners taking such courses.
A list of accredited institutions will be distributed through the newspapers and also made available at decentralised Regional Council offices, schools and libraries countrywide.
The list is also available on the NQA website at www.namqa.org.
“Essentially, if an institution or course does not appear on this list then it is not accredited” Shipushu said adding that the NQA does not evaluate qualifications obtained at unaccredited institutions and therefore such qualifications will not be recognised for any purpose, be it employment or further studies.
The NQA reaffirms that it is ready to assist the public to verify which institutions are accredited both in Namibia and anywhere else in the world and encourages all prospective learners to make use of this free service.
“With the proliferation of unaccredited institutions in Namibia and across the world, many Namibians have been swindled out of their hard-earned money by studying for qualifications that are valueless” she said.