Igad seeks a harmonized qualification strategy for cross-border workers

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Igad seeks a harmonized qualification strategy for cross-border workers


Chief Executive Officer of Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA), Dr. Juma Mukhwana. PICTURES | KANYIRI WAHITO | NMG

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Summary

  • The framework aims to provide a uniform point of reference for converting qualifications acquired in a different country into local standards corresponding to the requirements of the local labor market.
  • The platform is expected to make it easier for citizens of Igad member states to find work or pursue education in other member countries without being disadvantaged.

Education experts from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) are developing a harmonized regional qualification framework to facilitate the placement of workers and students across borders.

The framework aims to provide a uniform point of reference for converting qualifications acquired in a different country into local standards corresponding to the requirements of the local labor market.

The platform is expected to make it easier for citizens of Igad member states to find work or pursue education in other member countries without being disadvantaged.

“The plan is to facilitate the recognition of qualifications for our citizens who cross borders, whether for work or for further training,” the chief executive of the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) said on Tuesday. Juma Mukhwana.

As part of the preparations towards the harmonized framework, the eight Igad member states – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda – will establish their own national qualifications framework.

The next step will be to align the individual frameworks with the Igad regional qualification framework ahead of the planned implementation in 2023.

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