12 February 2013

Namibia: Namcol Warns Against Fraudulent Institutions

THE Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) has threatened to take legal action against some private institutions who are illegally using the name of the college to recruit candidates.

Namcol director Heroldt Murangi, in a cautionary notice issued to the media, said some of these private institutions are not even registered with the Ministry of Education as tuition centres.

These centres allegedly lure students by saying that they have an agreement with Namcol to allow their students to register for examinations at the national college.

"Under no circumstances shall Namcol tolerate any unethical and unprofessional practices of this nature. Legal action shall be taken against any private institution that uses Namcol's name and logo without formal consent," the Namcol director stated.

Murangi warned parents of Namcol students and the public not to fall victim to these bogus institutions.

"Namcol wishes to bring to the attention of its learners and, parents/guardians and the general public that no agreement or partnership has been entered into with any of these private institutions that enrol Namcol learners," the notice from Namcol read.

Namcol chose not to disclose the names of any of the institutions that are using the college to recruit candidates.

Murangi said students who enrol with such institutions could risk losing their continuous assessment marks, leading to incomplete results in the final examinations.

Namcol also accused these institutions of charging exorbitant fees under the guise that they are linked to Namcol, and of using Namcol material without consent.

The director of national examinations and assessment in the Ministry of Education, Cavin Nyambe, told The Namibian that teaching institutions that that are also accredited as examination centres are required to display their certificates on their premises where the public can easily view them.

Nyambe said the ministry was compelled in the past to take legal action against a centre that failed to disclose to students that it was not accredited as as examination centre.

He called on parents who want to register their children with private institutions of learning, or out-of-school youth and adults, to ascertain whether such institutions are registered only as tuition centres or also as examination centres.

Tuition centres that are also registered as examination centres with the ministry are Namcol, The University Centre for Studies in Namibia (Tucsin), Motacs College, National Academic Training College, Tucsin Northern Campus, Rundu Achiever's Educational Centre, Namibia Educational Assistance College and the Centre for Training and Projects Development.

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