BACK GROUNG OF NACTE

About NACTE

The National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) was established
by Act of Parliament Cap. 129 to oversee and coordinate the provision of
technical education and training in Tanzania. Technical education and
training in this context is defined as:

Education and training undertaken by students to equip them to
play roles requiring higher levels of skills, knowledge, understanding
and attitudes/ethics and in which they take responsibility for their
areas of specialization.”

This scope of NACTE covers all tertiary education and training
institutions other than universities and their affiliated colleges,
delivering courses at technician, semiprofessional and professional
levels leading to awards of certificates, diplomas degrees and other
related awards.

The mandate of the National Council for Technical Education
as derived from Cap. 129 is three fold and may be summarized as below:

  • RegulatoryFunction: to establish the regulatory framework for technical education and training, leading to quality assured qualifications;
  • Quality AssuranceFunction: to assist technical
    institutions to improve and maintain the quality of the education they
    provide and to ensure that their programmes meet labour market demand,
    by guiding and monitoring their adherence to the regulatory framework;
    and
  • Advisory Function:to advise both Government and technical
    institutions on the strategic development of technical education and
    training can be made.

These three aspects are interrelated and together make up the core
functions of NACTE; a process leading to quality assured qualifications
in technical education and training in our country.

The key issues that NACTE is required to address include, to:

  • Register and accredit both public and private technical education and training institutions capable of delivering courses;
  • Register technical teachers (teaching staff in technical institutions);
  • Ensure that the quality of education required for the NACTE awards
    is met and maintained throughout the duration of the delivery of the
    course (monitoring and evaluation);
  • Ensure the relevance of technical education and training to labour market demand;
  • Institute systems of quality control and quality assurance in technical education and training; and
  • Maintain databases on technical education and training, which will
    serve as a source of information needed by the Government and other
    stakeholders for strategic development of technical education and
    training in Tanzania.

From the above functions it is clear that NACTE’s core business is to
establish, sustain, regulate and uphold standards in technical
institutions education in Tanzania. As a regulator, NACTE has
established a framework that sets the quality standards for technical
education and training. All developed procedures leading to registration
and accreditation of institutions as well as the adoption of a
Technical Education Qualifications Framework are intended to sustain and
uphold standards in technical education in Tanzania.

Vision

To establish a well-organized efficient and effective system of
national qualifications and excellence in the delivery of technical
education and training, and the resulting output.

Mission

To establish and operationalise policies, regulations and procedures
for setting and maintaining standards and quality of technical education
and training and advising the Government on the strategic development
of the sector.

Basic Objectives

The mission statement is translated into the following three basic objectives:

  • To establish and operationalise policies, regulations and procedures
    for setting and maintaining standards and quality of technical
    education and training;
  • To assist technical institutions to achieve and maintain high quality of education and training; and
  • To advise the Government on the strategic development of technical education and training.

Guiding Theme of NACTE

The guiding theme for the National Council for Technical Education is “Striving for world class excellence in technical education and training”.

Core Values
NACTE’s employees are guided by the following core values:

  • Upholding professional standards and moral ethics;
  • Ensuring stakeholders participation in NACTE operations;
  • Commitment and self-motivation towards achieving NACTE’s goals;
  • Objectivity, transparency and public accountability;
  • Social responsibility; and
  • Judicious application of ICT.

Business Philosophy

The National Council for Technical Education is cognizant of and
fully accepts its responsibility of contributing significantly towards
the realization of the Tanzania vision 2025 which envisages Tanzania to
be a nation with high quality livelihood; a nation which produces the
quantity and quality of well-educated people sufficiently equipped with
requisite knowledge and skills to solve the society’s problems, meet the
challenges of development and attain a strong and competitive economy.
These aspirations of our country can be realized, to a greater extent,
with the availability of a technical education and training system,
which the Council is endeavoring to establish, capable of producing a
critical mass of high quality technicians and professionals required to
effectively respond to and manage development challenges of our nation
at all levels.

Principal Activities

Principal activities and services of the Council as stipulated under
section 5 of the National Council for Technical Education Act are to:

  • Register and accredit technical institutions capable of delivering courses;
  • Register technical teachers and other qualified technicians;
  • Establish and make awards in technical education and training which
    are consistent in standard and comparable to related awards in Tanzania
    and internationally;
  • Ensure that the quality of education required for the awards is met
    and maintained throughout the duration of the delivery of the course;
  • Assist technical institutions in their development by introducing
    and developing policies and procedures that will allow institutions to
    attain greater autonomy in the delivery of courses;
  • Advise the Government on the planning and development of technical
    education and training including matters relating to manpower planning,
    staffing, budgetary and capital provision, the efficiency of the sector
    and the development of the curriculum;
  • Review technical education and training policies from time to time
    in the light of changing technologies and economic development;
  • Accept in partial fulfillment of a course of the study leading to
    the Council’s awards such periods of learning and training as it may
    recognize as being equivalent in outcome to that award;
  • Assist technical institutions in the transmission of knowledge,
    principles and training in the field of technical education and training
    for the benefit of the people of Tanzania;
  • Assist technical institutions in the overall development of the
    quality of education they provide and to promote and to maintain
    approved academic standards;
  • Co-operate with other bodies and organizations for such purposes as
    the council may from time to time; deem to be appropriate to achieve its
    objectives;
  • Advise the Minister on grant of autonomy to any accredited technical college;
  • Appoint the members of its Constituent Boards and Committees;
  • Appoint moderators for all validated courses leading to the Council’s award;
  • Receive income and undertake expenditure as may be necessary or appropriate for the discharge of its functions; and
  • Introduce any measures and procedures which may be necessary for the furtherance of the objectives of the Council.

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