BQA, ERB Sign Ground Breaking MoU

The Botswana Qualifications Authority(BQA) and the Engineers Registration
Board(ERB) today cleared the air on the City and Guilds certificate courses
causing controversy amongst tertiary students indicating that the issue of
naming had caused problems.

“The issue was naming of qualification of City and Guild courses that was
not consistent with National Qualifications Framework. The impression was
created with learner is that it was a diploma when it was actually a
certificate and the institutions now understand the appropriate
categorization of qualifications,” said Abel Modungwa, Chief Executive
Officer(CEO) of the Botswana Qualifications Authority(BQA).

Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Engineers
Registration Board(ERB), the BQA CEO maintained that the country faces
challenges of unemployment caused in part by mismatch of skills and
industry needs which his organization hoped to meet by improving issues of
access, equity, relevance and quality of education and training.

“I am happy today that BQA and ERB will sign a Memorandum of understanding
in respect to regulation of education and training in the Engineering
sector. The main objective of this MoU is to promote harmony between the
two sectors of education and engineering. The need for dialogue between
supply(education and training) and demand(employer) cannot be
overemphasized,” said Modungwa.

He said, “The provision of and maintenance of the National Credit and
Qualifications Framework as envisioned by the BQA Act, marks the
introduction of an outcomes based system in Botswana. It will ensure clear
definition of levels, qualifications and it will detail skills, knowledge
and competencies expected at each level. ERB will assist BQA in defining
qualifications and outcomes in the engineering sector.”

Modungwa indicated that the MoU signed would ensure that the ERB reviews
all engineering professional qualifications and learning programmes
submitted to BQA for accreditation. ERB is expected to carry out the
necessary quality assurance processes in relation to the submitted
qualifications and learning programmes, working directly with the Education
and Training Providers.

The agreement to share expert resources, monitor for compliance as well as
provide training to staff of both organizations on quality assurance and
other related services will ensure an improved and seamless approach to
training in this sector.

Dennis Aupa Olaotse, Engineers Registration Board(ERB) Registrar, said “As
a developing country the role of engineers in the development of first
grade infrastructure cannot be overemphasized. ERB therefore bears a great
responsibility to ensure that engineers are of the right quality that can
provide this country with efficient engineering solutions. The
collaboration between ERB and BQA founded on this MoU will ensure that ERB
achieves its mandate.”

The BQA has already signed similar MoU’s with Botswana Health Professions
Council and is in talks with the Law Society of Botswana, Botswana
Accounting Oversight Authority and Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana to
enter into similar MoU’s.

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