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Bahrain launches qualifications framework

Manama, November 23, 2009

Bahrain’s Education Reform Board has created a national qualification framework which will help create a universal language by which all stakeholders in the vocational and academic education markets can assess their training standards.

The project will be jointly managed by Tamkeen, Bahrain’s Labour Fund, and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) who were selected out of four international firms through a tendering process.

SQA was selected because of its rich expertise in similar projects globally, said a statement.

The project seeks to create a framework that will formalize the descriptions of the various qualification levels, the policy documents and the quality control accreditation system for future implementation.

The scope also includes linking out the framework to other meta frameworks internationally as well as recommending the body that will take over the actual policy and implementation.

The nearly BD1.1 million ($2.91 billion) project will take two years to complete and actual fieldwork will start in January 2010.

“We see this as part of broader national initiatives to provide world-class education and training to Bahrainis,” said Abdulellah Al Qassimi, chief executive of Tamkeen.

“A national qualification framework will help us to measure the multitude of qualifications that exist and also more importantly create policies that support accreditation of prior learning,” he added.

“Since the inception of Tamkeen and the leadership’s initiatives to overhaul the education and training facilities in the Kingdom, we have been working to create a broad structure that will help us to track and measure the quality of training and education on offer.”

Al Qassimi continued: “A national qualifications framework will also help us to bridge the gap between vocational and academic qualifications and allow more learning pathways and translation for certifications and mobility.”

SQA by chief executive Dr Janet Brown said: “The Scottish Qualifications Authority will bring its vast experience in creating and implementing a national qualifications framework to the project and we are excited to be working with the project’s steering committee and Tamkeen as well as Bahraini stakeholders to open new doors in this far-sighted effort of the leadership of Bahrain to equip its citizens with tools that will measure excellence in training and education for the future.”

Most advanced economies have a national qualifications framework that helps to track educational and training initiatives and monitor quality. Bahrain will be one of the leaders in the GCC to put this framework in place. – TradeArabia News Service




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