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Academic qualification authority on the cards

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Government has announced plans to create Malawi Qualification Authority (MAQUA), a statutory body that will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing the National Qualification Framework.


Secretary for Education, Science and Technology Ken Ndala said on Thursday, government is currently consulting relevant stakeholders on a Bill to create the authority.

Ndala said the MAQUA Bill is part of the ongoing public sector reforms which President Peter Mutharika’s administration is championing.

He said formulation of the Bill has been necessitated by the continued proliferation of various education and training qualification in form of certificates, diplomas and degrees, which he said are posing challenges of recognition in various sectors of the economy.

“The draft Bill seeks to establish the MAQUA to be charged with the responsibility of developing, implementing and managing the National Qualification Framework (NQF). All other bodies or institutions offering examinations and qualifications will be accredited by MAQUA.

“The MAQUA will provide clear policies, regulations, and criteria regarding qualifications in light of the relevant knowledge, skills, and competencies to facilitate credit accumulation, mobility and career development,” said Ndala.

According to Ndala, the exercise is being supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) under Capacity Development for Education for All (CapEFA) project.

Government first circulated the draft MAQUA Bill in November 2015, and a revised version of the same in September 2016.

And according to Ndala, in December 2016, copies of the third MAQUA draft Bill were circulated to the Parliamentary Committee on Education.

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