SENEGAL: Commission to approve work-related diplomas

Senegal is to set up a national commission to ratify vocational and technical qualifications and diplomas at all levels, Saliou Diouf, Director at the Ministry for Technical and Employment-related Training, announced at a meeting in Dakar of RAFPRO, the 10-nation African Network of Vocational Training Institutions and Foundations.

Diouf said the Commission d'Homologation des Titres et Diplômes was being created "to recognise qualifications". He was replying to a question about the credibility of diplomas in view of the "explosion of private educational establishments", reported the Agence de Presse Sénégalaise of Dakar.

He said representation on the commission would be 'wide', including [employment] inspectors, private sector workers and unions. It would examine training programmes and conditions of certification "to say if a particular diploma is valid or not".

If diplomas were authorised they would be classified into five nationally recognised levels of education. Level 5 would be the lowest certificate of vocational training, and level 1 a doctorate.

If a diploma was refused recognition, the commission would inform the parents of students attending the institution concerned. "That's the point of this commission, to be able to say that if you put your child through this school his qualifications will not be recognised," said Diouf.

The symposium was attended by ministers responsible for technical and employment-related education, public works, employment and youth, or their representatives, employers' organisations and unions from the 10 members of RAFPRO in west or central African countries - Bénin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Republic of Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
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