National Policy for the Implementation of the Recognition of Prior Learning
The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act 67 of 2008 mandates the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to develop, after consultation with the Quality Councils, a national policy for the recognition of prior learning (RPL).
This policy development process has now been concluded and SAQA wishes to acknowledge the important role of the SAQA RPL Reference Group, which includes staff representatives from the Quality Councils (a full list of members of the Reference Group is provided at the end of the policy), organised labour, and a range of other stakeholders in developing this revised RPL policy. The policy will be officially launched at the National RPL Conference scheduled for 23-26 February 2013. A call for papers will be released within the next few days.
Please contact Dr Loffie Naude (email@example.com) or Ms Shirley Lloyd (firstname.lastname@example.org) at SAQA for more information on RPL.
Work on Pan-Commonwealth Framework for Teachers and School Leaders’ Professional Standards underway
The Commonwealth Secretariat together with 25 international delegates recently held a four-day workshop in Pretoria, South Africa. The workshop was facilitated by Dr James Keevy from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and Dr Muavia Gallie formerly from the South African Council for Educators (SACE). The workshop was supported by the South African Department of Basic Education
The purpose of the workshop was to consolidate work done in Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean regions between 2011 and 2013 in the development of professional standards for teachers and school leaders.....more
SAPS Tshwane Band has an RPL benchmarking assessment workshop facilitated by SAQA
The South African Police Service (SAPS) Tshwane Band recently held a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) benchmarking assessment workshop that was facilitated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The purpose of the workshop was to assess the level or music grade at which the band’s performance could be pitched...more
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.
2nd NQF Conference on building articulation and integration
SAQA recently hosted the second NQF Research Conference: Building articulation and integration in the system for education, training, development and work in South Africa. Some 50 selected presenters spoke on their own work and to how their work addresses the conference themes. Click here for more information on the conference and conference presentations.
The SAQA 3rd Ben Parker Memorial Lecture
SAQA instituted the Ben Parker Memorial (BPM) Lecture to honour the contribution that Ben Parker made to the organisation and his thinking about the further development and implementation of the NQF. Ben was the first director for research at the time of his untimely death in 2008. The BPM Lecture is part of the intellectual project of the NQF through which SAQA staff reflects critically with its partners and stakeholders on the state of education and training in the country. Leading thinkers and practitioners are invited to share their work and to participate in the critical reflection...more
SAQA's 11th Chairperson's Lecture and 3 seminars on career development
SAQA hosted the 11th Chairperson's Lecture and three seminars on Career Development from 11 to 14 February 2013 in Durban, Lusikisiki, Johannesburg and Pretoria. The lecture and seminars were a platform for reflecting on the outcome of research done by SAQA. The research explored how South Africa organises, manages, and provides career guidance information and services...more
Recognition of Prior Learning in South Africa: taking RPL to scale
A new edition of the SAQA Bulletin has been completed. This publication draws together a number of recent contributions focusing on the recognition of prior learning (RPL) in South Africa. Most of these papers were undertaken or commissioned by SAQA in support of the Ministerial RPL Task Team. This task team has been tasked to develop a national strategy for the wide-scale implementation of RPL in the post-school education and training system. This collection of papers offers important insights into the current RPL debates as South Africa considers how best to take RPL to the next level. Click here [PDF] to download this edition of the SAQA Bulletin.
Determination of the sub-frameworks that comprise the National Qualifications Framework
The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has determined the three sub-frameworks that comprise the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Click here for more information.
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: 072 204-5058