The Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVET) Authority has called upon training providers and quality assurance bodies to seek accreditation with the Authority in order for them to be compliant with the law.
The call comes at a time when the TEVET system has been undergoing reform to improve its effectiveness particularly in the area of quality assurance in delivery of training programmes.
“TEVET Authority is mandated under the TEVET Act of 1999 to accredit and inspect institutions for conformance to standards of the TEVET Qualifications Framework and to ensure adherence to required set criteria as provided for in the registration and accreditation rules,” said TEVET Authority Head of Regulatory and Compliance Services, Mr Charles Mataya.
He said part of the reform process involved review of guidelines for accreditation, a process whose outcome was approved by the TEVET Authority Board recently.
The accreditation guidelines are designed to work as a tool for assessment of institutions and individuals who are interested to take part in the delivery of technical and vocational education.
In the case of the TEVET Authority, accreditation means certification, or granting credit or recognition, usually for a particular period of time, of a person, a body or an institution as having the capacity to fulfil a particular function in the quality assurance system set up by an Authority in the TEVET Act.
According to Mr Mataya this is not the first time the Authority is calling on training providers and quality assurance bodies to seek accreditation.
“For instance, some private colleges like Don Bosco Youth Technical Institute and Miracle Technical Institute and all public colleges were accredited in 2013. For these providers their accreditation status will end in 2018,” said Mataya.
According to TEVET Act No. 6 of 1999, it is an offence for any training providers and quality assurance body to offer any vocational training or assessment service without prior accreditation by the TEVET Authority.