Joint Communiqué: QCTO resumes quality assurance function and takes full responsibility for quality assurance in the trades and occupations sector
28 September 2012
Under the auspices of South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Act, Act 58 of 1995, SAQA had the responsibility for to quality assurance all formal National Qualifications Framework (NQF) registered and accredited learning. To fulfil this mandate, SAQA appointed a number of Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) to undertake the quality assurance role on its behalf.
The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act, Act 67 of 2008, replaced the SAQA Act. This changed SAQA's role fundamentally with the quality assurance transferred to the three Quality Councils (QCs) who are now mandated to undertake quality assurance in their respective sectors. The established QCs - the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and Umalusi - were able to assume their quality assurance responsibilities with relative ease.
The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) was enacted through the Skills Development Act, Act 97 of 1998 (as amended) and the National Qualifications Framework Act. The QCTO was established in 2010. The NQF Act allowed for a transition phase from the SAQA Act to the NQF Act. During this phase SAQA, with the help of the SETAs, continued The QCTO in terms of its legal responsibility for quality assurance delegated this function to SAQA until 30 September 2012. SAQA in turn continued to work with the SETA Education and Training Quality Assurance Bodies (ETQA's) to provide a quality assurance function on behalf of the QCTO.
On 1 October 2012, the QCTO will resume the quality assurance function from SAQA and take full responsibility for quality assurance in the trades and occupations sector. This is a significant step in the ongoing development and implementation of the NQF. The QCTO will appoint Quality Assurance partners to assist the QC in the quality assurance of all formal NQF registered and accredited learning within its mandated sector.
SAQA has undertaken to formally advise the SETAs that their SAQA delegated quality assurance responsibilities will come to an end on 30 September 2012. It is pleasing to note that in most cases the QCTO will be appointing the organisations that assisted SAQA during the transition period as QCTO Quality Assurance partners.
Issued by: Joe Samuels CEO-SAQA and Joyce Mashabela QCTO-CEO
Enquiries SAQA: email@example.com 012 431 5000
Enquiries QCTO: Mashabela.firstname.lastname@example.org 012 312 5369
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