Recognition of Prior Learning to be placed under spotlight at conference
21 February 2014
Stakeholders in education and training will be gathering in Benoni for the National Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Conference. The conference will be running from 23 to 26 February 2014. It will explore tried and tested tools and templates in implementing RPL. More...
Trends report shows achievements of skills development sector from 2002 to 2011
More than 1.6 million people achieved at least one qualification or unit standard in the period 2002 to 2011. This is according to the trends report: Work-related qualifications and part qualifications registered on the NQF: Trends 2002 to 2011. This report is an analysis of data on the National Learners' Records Database (NLRD) and is the third publication of its kind (the previous two examined public higher education achievements). More...
Delays in the delivery of SAQA's Certificate of Evaluation
Please note that due to the postal workers strike currently taking place, the delivery of SAQA's Certificates of Evaluation will be delayed and we would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused.
White Paper on post school education and training
The White Paper on post school education and training system was released by the Minister of Higher Education and Training on 16 January 2014. For a full document click here.
Latest SAQA Publication: SAQA BULLETIN Volume 13, Number 1, November 2013
The Bologna Process is a voluntary inter-governmental process in Europe that has been underway since 1999. In order to encourage debate on the impact of the Bologna Process within South and Southern Africa, SAQA, in collaboration with the Council on Higher Education (CHE), organised a seminar as part of the Higher Education South Africa (HESA) Quality Assurance Forum that took earlier this year. The debate was of great interest to the participants and as a result, SAQA has opted to publish the two main papers by Stephen Adam (an internationally recognised expert and contributor to several Bologna processes) and Martin Oosthuizen (the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning at the University of the North-West and member of the SAQA Reference Group on Credit Accumulation and Transfer) for wider dissemination in a SAQA Bulletin. Following a successful National NQF Research Conference that also took place in 2013, a paper by Dr. Padraig Walsh (the newly appointed Chief Executive of Quality and Qualifications Ireland) on the role of national and Europe-wide frameworks has also been included in this Bulletin. The SAQA Bulletin can be downloaded here.
National Senior Certificate – Opportunity in your hand
Congratulations to the matriculating class of 2013.
The National Senior Certificate (NSC), popularly called 'matric', is a significant achievement in that it signals to learners and guardians that the individual has successfully completed his/her required years of schooling.
The NSC is the nationally recognised and internationally comparable school leaving certificate registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). More...
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...
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