NQA strengthens ties with Zimbabwean education sector

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) has approached stakeholders in the Zimbabwean education sector for assistance in evaluating qualifications obtained from that country.

NQA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Franz Gertze said in a media statement issued on Monday that a NQA delegation visited authorities and institutions of higher learning in Zimbabwe and exchanged information regarding the process of evaluating Zimbabwean education qualifications and sharing best practices in the area of quality assurance.

These Zimbabwean stakeholders include the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education; Zimbabwe School Examinations Council; Zimbabwe Council on Higher Education; and several institutions of higher learning.

Gertze said talks were concluded on a high note, with parties identifying and agreeing on areas of mutual collaboration.

“These agreements not only strengthen the long-standing relationship between the NQA and its stakeholders based in Zimbabwe, but are also beneficial for the authority in terms of improving its internal efficiency,” he said.

He further noted that the collaborations are of great value as they open up new opportunities for the NQA to improve the process of verifying and evaluating foreign qualifications and enhancing overall customer experience.

“As a direct result of the collaborations between the NQA and stakeholders in Zimbabwe, the authority is now in a better position to evaluate qualifications originating from institutions of higher learning in that country,” he added.

Gertze then appealed to their clients who submitted qualifications for evaluation to be patient as the verification process continues.

“The NQA assures its clients that all efforts are being made to ensure that the evaluation process is completed within the shortest time possible, and all clients will be notified individually once their applications have been processed,” he assured.

The NQA is mandated by the Namibian government to among others evaluate qualifications attained from institutions of higher learning outside Namibia.