17 October 2014
Over ninety representatives of industry, community organisations and private and public training providers gathered at NTA Village on Thursday, 17th October, to receive a report from TEN (Pty) Ltd on the review of competency-based education and training [CBET] in the VET system in Namibia. This meeting was one of a series conducted at major centres across the nation.
Earlier this year TEN (Pty) Ltd, a Namibian education and training consultancy company, was appointed by the NTA to review the status of CBET implementation in the VET sector, identify the factors inhibiting CBET implementation and produce a proposal for a reformed model and implementation plan for CBET that best fits the VET system in Namibia.
TEN (Pty) Ltd has met with stakeholders across the country and has produced a detailed Issues and Options Paper that sets out the key factors impacting on CBET and a series of proposals for reforming the current arrangements.
While proposing important reforms, such as decentralising the assessment system, the introduction of compulsory job attachment for trainees and the inclusion of technical, occupationally specific Mathematics, Science and English in all VET qualifications, the consultants argued that there is no compelling reason for a major shift in direction in relation to CBET, especially regarding the use of unit standards-based qualifications, the promotion of Recognition of Prior Learning and the development of qualifications pathways that provide multiple entry and exit points for learners.
According to the Consultant, Rob Stowell (photo), the reformed CBET model, which was discussed at the workshop, incorporates all of the features of a modern competency based training system, is clearly aligned with the National Qualifications Framework and takes into account the reforms that have recently been announced to Basic Education. Once implemented the reformed CBET model should ensure that more Namibian have access to high quality, industry supported vocational education and training.
Copies of the Issues and Options Paper, which includes a draft version of the reformed CBET model, and the presentation provided by TEN (Pty) Ltd are available on the following websites: www.nta.com.na and www.ten-namibia.org