Relief for Bema students

Relief for Bema students

STUDENTS at Bema College students have been assured that they will be able to write their end-of-year exams.

Two weeks ago, the privately owned Bema College was discredited as a recognised educational institute by the Namibian Qualifications Authority (NQA). This followed the termination of franchising agreements between Bema and two of its main accreditation bodies – City and Guilds and the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM).In a statement issued earlier this week, ICM said although Bema College had not yet registered any students for the December examinations, “ICM wishes to ensure Bema Students that they can sit their exams in December if they present conclusive evidence that they have already paid Bema for the ICM December sitting”.City and Guilds also released a statement last week, saying that students wishing to write City and Guilds or Pitman exams have to pay their registration fees directly into the body’s South African bank account before October 30.City and Guilds examinations will take place at the Eros Girls School in Windhoek and at the Valombola Vocational Training Centre at Oshakati.The Ministry of Education will moderate the City and Guilds examinations.ICM has appointed a Regional Quality Assurance Co-ordinator in Namibia, Steven Isaack, who will be responsible for co-ordinating ICM examinations.Isaack will also be responsible for ensuring that schools offering ICM courses meet NQA standards.It is not yet known if students who registered with Bema in June will be able to sit for exams in June next year.Asked about this yesterday, Bema director Bernard Makau said there was still “plenty of time” to discuss their situation.”We are just dealing with the December issue first,” he said.This followed the termination of franchising agreements between Bema and two of its main accreditation bodies – City and Guilds and the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM).In a statement issued earlier this week, ICM said although Bema College had not yet registered any students for the December examinations, “ICM wishes to ensure Bema Students that they can sit their exams in December if they present conclusive evidence that they have already paid Bema for the ICM December sitting”.City and Guilds also released a statement last week, saying that students wishing to write City and Guilds or Pitman exams have to pay their registration fees directly into the body’s South African bank account before October 30.City and Guilds examinations will take place at the Eros Girls School in Windhoek and at the Valombola Vocational Training Centre at Oshakati.The Ministry of Education will moderate the City and Guilds examinations.ICM has appointed a Regional Quality Assurance Co-ordinator in Namibia, Steven Isaack, who will be responsible for co-ordinating ICM examinations.Isaack will also be responsible for ensuring that schools offering ICM courses meet NQA standards.It is not yet known if students who registered with Bema in June will be able to sit for exams in June next year.Asked about this yesterday, Bema director Bernard Makau said there was still “plenty of time” to discuss their situation.”We are just dealing with the December issue first,” he said.

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