Verification letters issued by SAQA
16 January 2020
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) stopped verifying South African issued tertiary qualifications, both public and private higher education institutions, with effect from 29 November 2019.
The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) took over this function with effect from 1 December 2019. The original verification letter, as issued by SAQA, must be submitted for legalisation purposes to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).
SAQA Congratulates Class of 2019
08 January 2020
The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) applauds the National Senior Certificate (NSC) class of 2019 for their performance.
The honourable Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, announced an overall achievement rate of 81.3%‚ an increase from 78.2% in the previous year.
SAQA also congratulates the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) for quality assuring the examinations and the subsequent results.
SAQA similarly acknowledges the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the Independent Examination Board (IEB), and the South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute (SACAI) for administering the 2019 NSC examinations.
SAQA Chief Executive Officer, Joe Samuels, retires
31 December 2019 SAQA CEO, Mr Joe Samuels, retires after 22 years of service. Mr Samuels joined SAQA in 1997 as the Director for Standards Setting and Development. He was later promoted to Deputy CEO, a position he held for seven years before taking the role of CEO in 2012.
SAQA Board Statement of Deliberations 4 of 2019
17 December 2019 The SAQA Board ended the year on a high note. On 5 December 2019, it received an award from the Auditor-General South Africa for achieving a clean audit report for the 2018/19 financial year. It also made crucial decisions about the impact of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Amendment Act on legacy qualifications, the alignment of qualifications on the NQF for Nursing and Agricultural Colleges and the NQF Amendment Act roadmap to implementation. The Board affirmed its commitment to implement the NQF Act as amended to the benefit of South Africa.
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