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Sierra Leone News: NCTVA certification to get an upgrade

As a way of mitigating forgery of certificates issued by National Council for Technical Vocational (NCTVA), and other academic awards stakeholders are currently working towards evaluating and upgrading the Certification of Technical Vocational Education Graduates in Sierra Leone.
The National Council for Technical Vocational and Other Academic Awards NCTVA (NCTVA) was established in 2002 to provide validation and certification services for award in certain specialized and professional programmes in tertiary education institution.
However, over the years NCTVA certificates has been fraught with challenges like forgery, lack of proper registration process of examiners and candidates with passport pictures and full name instead of initials in order to distinguish two people with same name and similar programmes and same institutions are some of the major challenges they are facing.
The objective of the programme is to determine a concept of a certification program for TVET graduates in Sierra Leone and to design a Programme endorsed by Certification Expert Panel (CEP)
The European Union in partnership with German International Corporation (GIZ) are collaborating with the NCTVA in a one day stakeholders engagement at the NCTVA Conference room Tower Hill, Freetown.
The Chair of NCTVA Board, Alieu Swarray Deen, said the aim of the certification expert panel is to develop a consensus oriented certification framework including standard processes, resources, responsibilities and tools. “We are coming together to discuss the future certification mechanism of NCTVA certificates,” he said.
Giuseppe Pagliowe, Cooperation Officer, Education Task Force Manger delegation of the European Union to Sierra Leone, said, the programme focuses on carrying out a diagnostic study of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) in Sierra Leone which will involve mapping of institutions to provide the basis for the review of development of a legal framework.
Siegfried Berg, Project Manager Support to TVET in Sierra Leone GIZ, said, “We are working towards the creation and implementation of skills certification programme in the development of certification requirement in at least three core occupational areas.
He said the certification expert panel will also implement an in-service master teacher training including curriculum development and training of trainers who will in turn train their colleagues.
He added that they also intend to establish a communication platform with a website to support the work of a multi sector coordinating structure.
By Saidu Bah
October Friday 27, 2017.

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