Registration of TEVET Institutions
The Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) Authority is a regulatory body that was established in 1999 by an Act of Parliament with the mandate to promote and regulate sustainable acquisition of quality technical, entrepreneurial and vocational training for Malawian workforce in a socially responsible manner.
In fulfillment of its regulatory role, the TEVET Authority registers TEVET institutions, as one of the key activities under the quality assurance programme. Registration is a quality assurance tool that ensures adherence to required standards and subsequently, quality of training outcomes.
The Registration process aims to ascertain that TEVET institutions meet prescribed minimum standards stipulated in the TEVET (Registration of Education and Training Institutions) regulations, 2006, for a conducive teaching and learning environment.
Registration is a process of formally recording and recognising TEVET training institutions that satisfy TEVET Authority guidelines.
Importance of Registration
· It is required by law that any training provider be registered in order to be allowed to operate in Malawi
· It is a quality assurance tool
· It is an instrument of standardisation.
Benefits of Registration
· Registered institutions have access to accreditation by the TEVET Authority
· The Training institution knows its classification
· The Training institution has access to information on TEVET system in Malawi and beyond
· Registered institutions enjoy common publicity since TEVET Authority publishes annually names of all registered institutions in Malawi
· Safeguards learner centred approach to training.
Criteria for registration
An institution shall be registered if it meets the following criteria:
· The institution should be a corporate body with a defined mission and whose objectives specifically relate to TEVET.
· It has a management board responsible for policy and governance.
· The institution has well qualified academic and administrative staff and management suitable for its classification.
· The premises of the institution are suitable for that purpose and are licensed as such by a competent authority.
· The institution has the ability to generate resources to enable it run sustainably at any point in time.
· The proprietor of a private or aided institution is a fit and proper person or body of persons to run the institution.
· The institution should have a rigorous process of self-evaluation and internal audit that is acceptable by all key stakeholders.
· The institution should have clear procedures for administration, financial accounting, dispute resolution and management of the institution.
· It must have systems or mechanisms which provide for a forum for exchange of ideas between parents or guardians of students and staff of the institution.
Categories of registration
TEVET Registered training institutions in Malawi are classified into five categories. The categories range from A to E depending on number of programmes offered, levels of qualifications to be attained by trainees and qualification of trainers. Quality is seriously regarded at all levels of classification.
In order for TEVET training institutions to operate legally and deliver programmes effectively, they must apply for registration of their institution. Registration application is by filling a “Registration of Training Institution” form published under the second schedule of the Malawi Gazette supplement of 14th July, 2006, and this should be accompanied by a registration fee in accordance with the category applied for.