NAMIBIA QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY
KEY TO QUALITY EDUCATION IN NAMIBIA
The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) is a public enterprise established through the Namibia Qualifications Authority Act no. 29 of 1996. The NQA is mandated to perform ten statutory functions as stipulated in the Act, including but not limited to:
- To set up and administer the National Qualifications Framework (NQF);
- Accrediting training providers to ensure that they have the capacity to deliver courses at the appropriate standard;
- Evaluate qualifications to determine the value of a qualification and give it a corresponding level on the National Qualifications Framework. Evaluation is also done to verify authenticity, legality and validity of the awarding body and qualification;
- Set up the occupational standards for any occupation, job, post or position in any career structure;
- Set the curriculum standards required for achieving the occupational standards for a given occupation, job, post, position in a career structure;
- Evaluate and recognize competencies learned outside formal education.
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To Sustain a National Framework that Assures Quality Qualifications.
ADDING VALUE TO THE TRAINING AND EDUCATION SECTOR
The NQA in its capacity as a forum for matters pertaining to qualifications has a strong commitment to quality education and to ensuring the development of a world-class, unified education system in Namibia.
As the national regulator in the training and education sector, the NQA ensures that qualifications are quality assured and they are in line with the aspirations of the Namibian nation. The NQA also monitors and advices on the standards and quality of training and education in Namibia. This not only ensures consumer protection for those investing in education, but also safeguards the country’s reputation.
In addition to its statutory functions, the NQA serves as a gateway for everyone who aspires to study in Namibia, equally for Namibians who wish to study in foreign countries.
ACCREDITATION OF TRAINING PROVIDERS
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. Accreditation applies to any person, institution or organisation offering training or educational services.
Accreditation adds value to the education sector in a various ways. For training providers, they gain assurance that their courses are regarded as of high quality and will therefore be widely accepted.
For learners, studying at an accredited institution means that their qualifications will be recognized for employment and study purposes. With a quality assured qualification, learners are also able to move more freely between accredited institutions and have their previous learning recognised or cross-credited.
The NQA also assists prospective learners to verify the accreditation status of institutions in Namibia and anywhere else in the world, thereby ensuring that they do not fall victim to bogus institutions.
EVALUATION OF QUALIFICATIONS
The NQA is entrusted with ensuring that the nation’s skills and knowledge meet the national objectives. It is equally important to verify the credibility of qualifications entering the country. This is done through the process of evaluation.
Evaluation of qualifications by the NQA is the process of giving value to a qualification by comparing it to qualification types on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for Namibia. Evaluation is also done to verify the legitimacy, credibility and validity of the awarding body and its qualifications.
The NQA only evaluates qualifications and Unit Standards based awards which are quality assured in the country of origin. It is therefore imperative for prospective learners to verify the status of both the institution and the programme before enrolling for studies.
THE NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK (NQF)
The NQA is committed to promoting quality education and training through the development and management of a comprehensive and flexible National Qualifications Framework (NQF) in Namibia. The NQF is a powerful tool for promoting lifelong learning in Namibia and to ensure that qualifications are closely aligned with the economic, social and cultural needs of the country. In this regard, fitness of purpose and fitness for purpose of programmes is a critical responsibility of the NQA as it ensures that all qualifications awarded by education and training providers in Namibia are at a level that will help the nation advance towards the attainment of national developmental objectives.
The NQF is also used to organise qualifications in a way that makes them easy to understand and compare, and provides up-to-date information about all the relevant and legal qualifications in Namibia. The NQF has 10 levels, each with increasing complexity of learning and defined by a unique descriptor. It is made up of Unit Standards, Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees.
Through quality assurance in the training and education sector, the NQA plays a vital role in enhancing confidence in the quality of education and training courses offered in Namibia.