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BQA, BHPC vow to improve health sector

Publishing Date : 22 May, 2017


On Monday this week Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) and Botswana Health Professionals Council (BHPC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in a landmark event in the history of the Authority, as it endeavours to improve the quality of education and training in Botswana in respect to regulation of education and training in the health sector.

The main aim of the MoU is to promote harmony between the two sectors of education and health. It will ensure that BHPC reviews any health profession learning programme submitted to BQA for accreditation. BHPC will carry out the necessary quality assurance processes in relation to the submitted learning programmes, working directly with Education and Training Providers. Once this process is completed, BHPC will produce a report recommending the appropriate accreditation decision to BQA.

While officiating at the signing, BQA Chief Executive Officer Abel Modungwa said he is impressed with the commitment of both BQA and BHPC in ensuring improved quality of education and training in the health sector. He said the agreement to share expert resources, monitor for compliance, as well as provide training to staff of both organisations on quality assurance and other related services will ensure an improved and seamless approach to training in this sector.

“I am happy that there has been a deliberate, robust review of the acts that established the two organisations to identify likely areas of collaboration and assesses any possible conflicts, and that at the end of the day synergies were identified hence the signing of this MoU,” said Modungwa.

The provision for, 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.

This will promote articulation and progression and will result in the national health qualifications being portable, internationally comparable, and will facilitate seamless learner mobility. The overall objective is to produce graduates that are job- ready, can self employ and are globally competitive.

The authority is looking forward to sign more agreements with other professional and regulatory bodies to ensure sector relevant quality teaching and learning. It is currently engaging with organisations such as the Law Society of Botswana, Engineers Registration Board, Botswana Accounting oversight Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana, and Botswana Institute of Engineers to enter into MoU’s of this nature.

BQA was established to quality assure education and training across the 3 sub- systems of education and training; being General Education, Technical and Vocational Education, as well as Training and Higher Education. This is quite a broad task that can only be fully achieved through engagement of stakeholders such as professional bodies and other regulatory bodies, locally and abroad.

Botswana as a country is faced with challenges of unemployment which is caused, to some extent, by mismatch of skills and industry needs. Part of BQA’s mandate is to improve access, equality, relevance and quality of education and training. A key role in quality assurance of education and training is accreditation of learning programmes. BQA engages subject matter experts to validate learning programmes. This can be quite a challenge, and has in the past delayed some applications for accreditation of new learning programmes due to shortage of experts in certain fields. 



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