23rd July 2024

Dr Kingsley Nyarko (3rd from left) holds discussion with his guests

Two internationally recognised qualification awarding bodies have paid a joint courtesy call on the executive secretary of the National Accreditation Board (NAB), Dr Kingsley Nyarko, to discuss the possibility of having a joint career related pre-tertiary qualifications for Ghanaians.

The two bodies, International Baccalaureate (IB), Switzerland, and Pearson Education UK, also shared with NAB the development and recognition of the IB career-related programmes in UK and globally.

Training for Ghanaians

The two bodies are, therefore, set to jointly offer career-related pre-tertiary qualification to all Ghanaians, especially students who want to focus on vocational based studies whiles pursuing tertiary education qualifications.

Dr Nyarko indicated that the idea is in line with President Akufo-Addo’s agenda of promoting and supporting the development of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Ghana.

He welcomed the idea of a joint career-related programme, which is a combination of both academic and vocational modules.

Exams body

Pearson Education organises examinations and awards pre-tertiary and vocational qualifications one of which is the BTEC and the International Baccalaureate Award ‘A’ level qualifications and career-related diplomas.

Present at the meeting were Dr Peter Fidzcuk, manager for International Baccalaureate Development and Recognition, UK; Adzo Ashie, the IB African Development and Recognition manager; Eddie Conor, head of Vocational Strategy and Business Solutions, Europe and Africa; and Gabriel Sowah Mensah, regional development manager, West Africa, Pearson Education.

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