The two day conference held under the theme promoting cooperation and collaboration in quality assurance in higher education is attended by different representative from Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho Seychelles, and Zimbabwe.
The mandate of SAQAN is to facilitate the sharing and exchange of experiences, best practices, promising approaches for addressing quality in higher education and facilitates the internationalisation of qualifications and promoting mobility of graduates.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Southern African network on quality assurance in higher education conference held in Gaborone, Molao said Botswana like other countries has issues of unemployment, job skill mismatch, and poor production and limited access not friendly work ethics because the curriculum lacks flexible skills and this conference will help in closing down these loop holes.
“Higher education is perceived as an engine that drives socio-economic growth through provision of knowledge and skills competencies relevant to South African Development Community (SADC) industrialization and this network will help in developing African qualification framework,” he said.
Molao said South African countries have plans and reforms for improving quality of education and training but this can be achieved through transparent well resourced learner and industry centre quality assurance system.
“SAQAN is a step in the right direction, for African to remain relevant and globally competitive we have to level our higher education landscape and make it of good standard,” he said. Enditem