Farewell President Mandela, long live your spirit of justice, freedom, forgiveness and peace!
It is with profound sadness that the SAQA Board and Staff have learnt about the passing of our revered father of the nation, President Nelson Mandela. President Mandela fought for our freedom from racial oppression and exploitation and became our first democratically elected president. He reached out his hand of forgiveness and united our nation with the goal of achieving a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. More...
Closure of SAQA offices for festive season
SAQA wishes you and your loved ones a joyous festive season!
Please note that our offices will close on Friday the 20 December 2013 and will re-open on Thursday 2 January 2014.
Due to critical SAQA IT system shut down requirements, clients requiring foreign qualification evaluation services must please submit/collect documents before 13:00on Friday 20 December.
Extension of due date for comments: Policy on Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT), and the Policy for Designing and Implementing Assessment
The closing date for comments on the two draft policies, the Policy on Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) and the Policy for Designing and Implementing Assessment, has been extended to 28 January 2014. SAQA encourages all NQF stakeholders to engage with these two important policies that will have implications for articulation and assessment practices over the next few years. For a copy of the policies click here.
New SAQA Certificate of Evaluation in respect of foreign qualifications
During the first week of December 2013, SAQA will be phasing out the current, and introducing a changed Certificate of Evaluation.
This initiative forms part of SAQA's counter-fraud strategy to promote genuine qualifications through:
- Further educating the public about the NQF and its functions,
- Developing and advocating minimum criteria for paper and electronic security features on certificates, including all SAQA Certificates,
- Developing and advocating electronic measures for verifying certificates, including all SAQA Certificates.
The new SAQA Certificate boasts several high level changes following a period of review. These include modifications to the format and content to align the service with the NQF Act 67 of 2008, inclusion of sophisticated security features in line with the anti-fraud drive, and an overall change in the appearance of the certificate. More...
NQA stakeholder workshop to discuss the review of the Namibian NQF
The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) recently organised a stakeholder workshop in Swakopmund to discuss the review of the Namibian National Qualifications Framework. Both SAQA and the Mauritian Qualifications Authority were asked to share their experiences. The paper presented by Dr James Keevy from SAQA can be downloaded here. A selection of other presentation can be downloaded here. For more information on the Namibian NQF visit their NQA website at http://www.namqa.org/.
SAQA develops booklet to assist applicants with the foreign qualifications evaluation process:
SAQA has the task of evaluating educational qualifications that have been obtained in education and training systems of countries other than South Africa. People with foreign qualifications who wish to attend South African education institutions or who wish to enter the South African labour market apply to SAQA to have their qualifications evaluated.
The Directorate for Foreign Qualifications Evaluation and Advisory Services is responsible for this function, and have developed a booklet to guide applicants through the application process.
This booklet will assist applicants to prepare their applications for the evaluation of foreign qualifications and describes what happens at SAQA once an application has been lodged for the evaluation of foreign qualifications.
You may view and download the booklet here.
NQF and Career Advice Helpline
SAQA offers a comprehensive national career advice service, the NQF and Career Advice Helpline, to equip all citizens with information to navigate study and work paths, to enable them to increase their employability and to manage their own career development.
The Helpline can be reached by:
Phone: 0860 111 673
Sms: 072 204 5056