Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) is a parastatal established by the Botswana Qualifications Authority Act, No 24 of 2013, to:
- provide for and maintain the National Credit and Qualifications Framework (NCQF)
- coordinate the education, training and skills development quality assurance system, from early childhood to tertiary level (lifelong learning).
- To make Botswana the nucleus of global competitive knowledge and skills.
- BQA ensures all learners acquire quality assured awards through the implementation of a national quality assurance system.
- Customer Focus
(a) Be responsible for all qualifications, from early childhood to tertiary level;
(b) Design, develop and implement a common quality assurance platform, and regulate compliance therewith;
(c) Register and validate qualifications and part qualifications, and ensure their relevance to social and economic needs;
(d) Evaluate and register local and external qualifications;
(e) Maintain a national database of assessors, moderators, Education and Training Providers(ETPs) and learners;
(f) Register and accredit ETPs, assessors, awarding bodies and moderators;
(g) Accredit learning programmes;
(h) Develop and review quality standards, and ensure compliance through a monitoring and evaluation system;
(I) Design methods of validating the achievements of learners;
(j) Recognise and validate competencies for purposes of certification;
(k) Design procedures and rules for the protection of enrolled learners;
(l) Develop, implement and maintain an overarching National Credit and Qualifications Framework(NCQF);
(m) Set teaching and learning standards for ETPs;
(n) Ensure international recognition for the national qualifications system and the international comparability of qualifications;
(o) Develop standards for the recognition of external qualifications;
(p) Maintain a national database of qualifications;
(q) Design qualifications and curricula for General Education (GE) and tertiary education, including Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Higher Education(HE);
(r) Contribute toward the development of international competency frameworks;
(s) Set criteria for the development of national education and training quality and inspection standards;
(t) Develop policy and criteria for work-based teaching, workplace learning and work-based learning programmes, the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and the Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CATS);
(u) Advise the Minister on all matters pertaining to its functions;
(v) Perform any function consistent with this Act that the Minister may, by regulations, determine; and
(x) Do all such things and perform all such functions as may be necessary for, or incidental to, the attainment of the objectives of the Authority.
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