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School Accreditation

  • Objective

    To accredit schools according to laid down policies, plans, programmes, standards, rules, regulations and other applicable basic and secondary education instruments.

    Functions

    • To initiate and develop guidelines, standards and other instruments on minimum requirements for establishment of schools or education centres
    • To cause any proposed school or centre to be inspected to verify if it meets minimum standards;
    • To scrutinize applications for the nature of the ownership and establishment of schools or centres;
    • To prepare and issue certificates of registration of eligible schools or centres;
    • To maintain and up-date a register of all schools, centres and teachers;
    • To deregister schools, centres or teachers which have failed to keep up to the requisite standards of a quality; and
    • To prepare and submit periodic reports to the Commissioner of Education.

    This Division is led by a Director and comprises three sections as follow:

    • Government School Quality Assurance Section;
    • Non – Government School Quality Assurance Section; and
    • Physical Facilities Standards Section.

     

  • Government Schools Accreditation Section

     The Section performs the following activities:

    • Initiate and develop guidelines, standards and other instruments on minimum requirements for establishment registration of Government schools or education centres
    • Cause any proposed Government school or centre to be inspected to verify if it meets minimum standards and requirements for establishment and registration;
    • Scrutinize applications for ownership and establishment of Government schools or centres and recommend accordingly;
    • Prepare, analyse and upload data to the ESMIS and Open Government Partnership portal related to the Section in accordance with the agreed work flow and protocol;
    • Maintain an up to date a register of Government schools, centres and teachers;
    • Prepare, develop and implement long, medium and annual plans for Government schools or centres verification and compliance check;
    • Advise Government schools and centres on different matters and best practices;
    • Deregister a Government school or centre which has failed to take remedial measures; and
    • Prepare and submit periodic reports as required.

    This Section is led by an Assistant Director.

  • Non-Government Schools Accreditation Section

    The Section performs the following activities:-

    • Initiate and develop guidelines, standards and other instruments on minimum requirements for establishment registration of Non-Government schools or education centres
    • Cause any proposed Non-Government school or centre to be inspected to verify if it meets minimum standards and requirements for establishment and registration;
    • Prepare, analyse and upload data to the ESMIS and Open Government Partnership portal related to the Section in accordance with the agreed work flow and protocol;
    • Scrutinize applications for ownership and establishment of a Non-Government school or centre and recommend accordingly;
    • Maintain an up to date a register of Non-Government schools, centres and teachers;
    • Prepare, develop and implement long, medium and annual plans for Non-Government schools and centres verification and compliance check;
    • Advise Non-Government schools and centres on different matters and best practices;
    • Deregister a Non-Government school or centre which has failed to take remedial measures; and
    • Prepare and submit periodic reports as required.

    This Section is led by an Assistant Director.

  • Physical Facilities Standards Section

    This Section performs the following activities:-

    • Initiate, develop and submit to the Commissioner of Education minimum standards and specifications for buildings, furniture and equipment;
    • Initiate develop and submit to the Commissioner of Education standards plans for rehabilitation and preventive maintenance and environmental protection for education facilities;
    • Prepare, analyse and upload data to the ESMIS and Open Government Partnership portal related to the Section in accordance with the agreed work flow and protocol;
    • Prepare minimum standard architectural and engineering designs for pre-primary, primary, secondary, special, teacher and adult and non-formal education facilities;
    • Provide professional advice to consultants, investors on appropriate standards for construction of pre-primary, primary, secondary, special, teacher and adult and non-formal education facilities; and
    • Prepare and submit periodic reports as required from time to time.

    This Section is led by an Assistant Director.

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