Namibia approaches Zimbabwe over fake academic qualifications

by Xhinua

NAMIBIA and Zimbabwe have agreed to work together in evaluating academic qualifications following the arrest of 23 Namibians over fake documents October last year.images (1)zimsec

Most of those arrested had applied to join the Namibia Defense Force. They have already appeared in court and are out on bail.

A team from the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) visited Zimbabwe where they toured several high education colleges and exchanged information on evaluation processes.

In a statement this week, the NQA chief executive officer Frant Gertze said they held talks with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education; Zimbabwe School Examinations Council; and Zimbabwe Council on Higher Education.

“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.

Gertze also said the visit will add great value to the way the NQA operates as well as create opportunities.

“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,” Gertze said. Enditem.

Zimbabwe remains a leader in literacy levels in Africa despite the economic decline which has seen many people seeking greener pastures elsewhere.

Many professionals in Botswana and Namibia were trained in Zimbabwe but there have been concerns over the mushrooming of private colleges offering unrecognised qualifications countrywide.