The services of the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and the Accreditation Unit (AU) in the Ministry of Education are expected to be greatly enhanced after a two day training which took place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of December at the Curriculum Unit. Some twenty three persons from five Public Sector Departments / Units were trained in the rudiments of evaluation of the services offered by the academic providers. The Public Sector Departments / Units represented were, the SVG Bureau of Standards, the Police Accreditation Unit, the Public Sector Reform Unit, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College and the Ministry of Education.
The training was facilitated by the Executive Director of the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) Mr. Michael Bradshaw. The ACTT is the principal body in Trinidad and Tobago responsible for the quality assurance of post-secondary and tertiary level institutions, programmes and awards. He has accumulated over thirty eight (38) years experience in education at all levels of the education system as well as in training locally, regionally and internationally. Twenty of which is in the area of quality assurance which he gathered at the Ministry of Education, Primary and Secondary Education Modernisation Programmes; The National Training Agency; The Retraining Programme; YTEPP and ACTT. The ACTT’s Executive Director advised the newly trained Evaluators that the Standards of the ACTT and the NAB were very similar. He reiterated the fact that having been trained the Evaluators were expected to do all within their power to make themselves available to serve when the NAB requires their services.
The AU/NAB will engage in a series of workshops early in 2017 geared towards reviewing the system of registration and accreditation of the services offered by academic providers. Funding for the capacity building exercise has been secured through the Caribbean Development Bank’s Standby Facility.
The National Accreditation Board (NAB) of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been established by The Further and Higher Education (Accreditation) Act Nos. 35 of 2006. The NAB is empowered by the Act to register and accredit tertiary level institutions and their programmes. The Accreditation Unit which facilitates the services of the NAB is managed by Senior Education Officer Mrs. Descima Hamilton.