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Evaluation of Qualification
EQ Legal Framework
The Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA)) has to set standards for the recognition of external qualifications and also evaluate local and external qualifications in terms of Section 4(2h and 2i) of the BQA Act, Act 24 of 2013.
EQ: A Closer Gaze at the Notion
Succinctly, evaluation of qualifications is the process of analyzing external qualifications in terms of their country of origin contexts and points of difference and/or similarity in relation to local qualifications and contexts. It is a twin process involving:
- Verification, a process of authenticating the status of awarding body and/or teaching Education and Training Provider and the qualifications offered by them, as well as investigating the authenticity of qualification documentation and verifying that the qualification was awarded to the individual in question.
- Comparability/Equivalence, a process which entails comparing external qualifications with Botswana qualifications, considering the structure and outcomes of qualifications and locating them within the NCQF.
This twin process leads to either recognition or non-recognition of the evaluated qualification whereby recognition is the formal acceptance of the appropriateness of a qualification. This facilitate access and progression within education and training and world of work.
EQ: A means to combating qualifications misrepresentation and fraud
The value of a qualification is an indicator of the holder’s ability. When proper vetting systems are not followed and qualification comparability systems are inferior, organizations can come under immense pressure and threat from the increasing prevalence of qualification misrepresentation and fraud. In Botswana, just like in other nations worldwide. In the shape of fraudulent qualifications, the BQA has a moral purpose to combat qualifications fraud, and is therefore, tightening the grip and closing the cracks that can be exploited by fraudsters in this ever growing form of fraud. This is being done by continuously benchmarking the evaluation of qualifications process with robust regional and international systems.
EQ’S General Procedure
The general procedure always:
- Attempts to situate the qualification within the education system to which it belongs
- Identifies the level and type (where possible) of the qualification in Botswana that is most comparable to the external qualification
- Determines whether similarities between the external and Botswana qualifications are sufficient for recognition to be granted.
The evaluation of qualifications at BQA is accessible to all:
- Education and Training providers
Evaluation of qualifications is done upon request through an application form at a fee set out in the Fees Regulations by the Authority.