DIRECTORATE: PROGRAMMES AND QUALITY ASSURANCE (PQA)
Director: Ms Edda Bohn
Tel: + 264 61 293 3204/ 5
Head Office, Government Office Park
The PQA directorate’s mandate is to formulate overall policies for general, formal education; policies, regulatory frameworks and guidelines which support good practices at school and management level. The directorate works in close cooperation with Regional Directorates of Education to support the interpretation and implementation of such policies. Furthermore the Directorate also collaborates with the Directorates, the National Institute for Education Development (NIED) and the Directorate National Examinations and Assessment (DNEA) as well as in tasks teams with other line Ministries, e.g. MoGECW, MoHSS, MoLSW, MoHA, MoL. MoI, MoLRGHRD and MoAWF and stakeholders such as development partners and the Office of the Ombudsman.
1. Management, Planning, Appraisal and Training (MPAT)
The implementation of National Standards and Performance Indicators for Schools (NSPI) and its external school- and school self- evaluation process, as well as the specifications, standards and monitoring of hostels is managed from this division. The Namibia School Feeding Programme and support to community hostels is coordinated from here. Stakeholder involvement in the training for inspectors and school managers is coordinated and monitor from here.
2. Audit Standards and Quality Assurance (ASQA)
This division’s core function is to monitors all activities of the Ministry of Education and ensures that they are in the best interest of the development of all learners through compliance with relevant acts, regulation, policies and ratified international instruments such as Education for All Goals, Millennium Development Goals (2&3), Elimination of all forms of Child Labour and protection and monitoring of the Rights of the Child to Education. The division also ensures effective and efficient education system auditing including schools on set standards through external validation. Furthermore, the division ensures compliance with relevant acts, bills, policies and guidelines by all stakeholders. Additionally, this division has as part of its core function the task of tackling issues such as Child Labour and elimination of all forms of child labour, ensuring realization of the Education for All declaration and the rights of the child to education taking into account the indigenous people. Conduction of needs assessment of Inspectors of Education and other educators in addition to offering continuous professional development including School Boards.
3. National Advisory Services (NAS) andthe Supply Chain Management Unit (SCMU)
This division offers subject(s) advisory services which includes professional continuous development of advisory teachers in regions, as well as subject teachers with specific emphasis placed on Mathematics and Science and where the need is identified. The liaison with stakeholders such as the MCA-N and the implementation of efforts in improving education outcomes in formal education are managed here. The Division is also responsible for the administration of the Supply Chain Management Unit (SCMU) which is tasked with procurement of textbooks, learning material and specialized equipment through ordering, auditing, re-distribution in addition to ensuring care of textbooks and learning support material at national level. The Supply Chain Management Unit (SCMU) works closely with MCA-N and ETSIP Sub-Programme on General Education.
4. Research, Information and Publicity (RIP)
The division deals with all enquiries coming to the Ministry of Education related to learner admission and promotion requirements, provision for the marginalized groups, research interests and stakeholder involvement, such as any voluntary services offered to the ministry. Complaints and grievances in cases they are not solved at regional level are handled from here. The division also supports regional activities of policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.
5. Special Programmes and Schools (DSPS) including the Centre for Communication and Deaf Studies (CCDS)
The division DSPS’ core function at national level falls on policy and guidelines formulation and implementation thereof on education provision to educationally marginalized children through special needs education- and inclusive education in addition to ensuring that hospitalized children continue to receive education. This function at national level is executed in consultation, collaboration and cooperation with regional stakeholders. The division offers professional development and support to Regional School Counselors, Inspectors of Education, Advisory Teachers, school principals and teachers on Inclusive and Special Education at regional level. Services rendered include procurement and provision of specialized equipment required for teaching and learning of learners with special needs in special and inclusive education settings such as learners with visual or hearing impairments, intellectual impairments and other impairments such as Autism and cerebral palsy or general learning difficulties and learners in need of care and support. Beside these services the Centre for Communication and Deaf Studies (CCDS) provides in-service training and up-grading on inclusive and special education practices with expertise on advancement of Deaf Education and Namibian Sign Language. For contact details of special and hospital schools, staff members in the division kindly refer to attached form below.
This division works closely with the Diagnostic and Advisory Services (DATS) which is able to assist with assessments and referrals.
6. Diagnostic and Advisory Services (DATS)
The Division caters for guidance, counselling and support services, especially for educational, psychological and social assessment. It caters for referrals, placement, and admission to special or resource schools/units and inclusive settings, where possible, but also for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). The Division is responsible for the professional development and training of the Regional School Counsellors to be able to give counselling and support of learners in a variety of challenging situations such as sensory, emotional and behavioural difficulties, speech and language difficulties, medical difficulties, deprivation or neglect, physical and sexual abuse, other school/learning related difficulties, bereavement and trauma counselling. The Division works collaboratively with HIV and AIDS Management Unit (HAMU) of the Ministry of Education in activities related to HIV and AIDS mitigation and prevention as well as behaviour modification. Furthermore the Division is responsible for assessment of hearing loss, fitting of hearing aids and training in the use of hearing apparatus and, where possible, speech therapy is given. The Division is also tasked with ensuring successful implementation of the Ministry’s policies on OVC including the register of needs for OVCs, prevention and management of learner pregnancy; alcohol and substance abuse, amongst others.
The Division is also registered with the Health Professions Council of Namibia (HPCNA) as a training site for intern psychologists and psychological counsellors. The Division requires the coordination of the various activities that falls within in its mandate.
7. HIV and AIDS Management Unit (HAMU)
This management unit at national level coordinates and supervises the activities for mitigation and prevention in this area in the Directorates of Education in the Regions as assigned to Regional HIV and AIDS Coordinators, School Counselors and Life Skills teachers. The unit also secures resources, donor support and national advocacy events.