7/23/2019 Consumer News Namibia July Issue 2010
The journey of perpetualimprovement
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7/23/2019 Consumer News Namibia July Issue 2010
?Are our Educational Institutions simply ripping us off?? Isthe price of education a realistic reflection of what we get formoney? Are universities (and private institutes) in Namibia init for the education or the money.Above is a consumer who feels otherwise about private
institutions in Namibia after an unpleasant experience with one
Private Institutions of Learning
Our constitution states:
(4) All persons shall have the right, at their own expense, to
establish and to maintain private schools, or colleges or other
institutions of tertiary education:
a. such schools, colleges or institutions of tertiary education
are registered with a Government department in accordance
with any law authorising and regulating such registration;
b. the standards maintained by such schools, colleges or
institutions of tertiary education are not inferior to the
standards maintained in comparable schools, colleges or
institutions of tertiary education funded by the State;
Tertiary education schools are mushrooming all over the
country. They provide everything from art classes, computer
literacy to business skills. The problem is that the standards are
not up to par and most students receive a qualification which
is not worth the paper it is printed on. Let us look at a typical
example and call it the Tertiary Education Academy.
Tertiary Education Academy (TEA)
The owner TEA is a businessman without any qualification
in education, after all, the Academy is a business and wasstarted to make a profit. None of the staff members, including
the Principal, has any professional training or recognised
educational qualification. The lecturers at the Academy are
also not qualified teachers.
TEA offers the following courses:
Computer Literacy Microsoft Office
PC Engineering A+ and N+
The Academy also offers Diplomas in Tourism, Public
Relations, Business, Finance and Personnel Administration.
The Academy is a very profitable business and the owner is
planning on offering further diploma courses.
Great! However, most of the students (and their parents) are
not aware that the lecturers are not professionally qualified.
Furthermore, imagine the students dismay when they find
out that none of these courses are recognised by the Namibian
Qualifications Authority. Even worse, the diploma courses are
not worth more than a Grade 12 qualification, according to theUniversities.
Now, before we start closing all these schools, institutes and
academies, let us examine their role in our country.
More and more students are completing their schooling and not
finding place at the University or Polytechnic. Their parents
or care-givers cannot afford the study fees in other countries,
so these students have to look for employment. Having no
marketable skill, they often do not find employment and
become one of the many unemployed.
The private tertiary education institutes offer the students an
opportunity to gather knowledge about business and prepare
them for gainful employment.
So what can we do?
We need to have a body that actively encourages that the
standards maintained by such schools, colleges or institutions
of tertiary education are not inferior to the standards maintained
in comparable schools, colleges or institutions of tertiary
education funded by the State. The NQA must publicise the
names of those that are registered and these institutions must
meet the required standards. Furthermore, the NQA must be
given teeth to close down those who do not meet nor comply
with the standards set within a period of time.
If you wish to check that your college or school is offering a
valid qualification, request a copy of the NQA accreditation of
the course. The accreditation letter should include the name of
the course, the duration and most importantly the NQA level
that it meets.
Sound advice is to ask the institution to provide you with
business customers who book their staff for training. Contact
the companies Human Resources Department and find out
their opinion on the quality of training provided.
Note: Mr. Louw is