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SAQA has completed its policy development mandate

By in Education, Research, Policy on November 14, 2016

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has successfully completed its policy development mandate. “We are now focussing on policy implementation,” says SAQA CEO Joe Samuels.

In 2008, the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act No. 67 was signed into law replacing the SAQA Act No. 58 of 1995. This ended the long period of review of the NQF and also affirmed the need for and importance of the NQF. SAQA then developed policies after consultation with the Quality Councils to ensure the implementation of the NQF Act. The policy development phase was completed in 2015.

SAQA’s focus is now on policy implementation. This involves ensuring that there is a common understanding of policies governing education and training in South Africa and that these policies are aligned. SAQA will ensure that policies are aligned and that changes are made where necessary. “We will also advocate for the awareness, understanding and valuing of the NQF,” said Mr Samuels.

The NQF Act gives SAQA a significant role in ensuring that the post-school education and training system is interconnected and that it enables lifelong learners to have access to, and mobility and progression within education, training and career paths. The White Paper for Post-School Education and Training also calls for the simplification of the NQF and better articulation of qualifications. This informs SAQA’s policy implementation phase.

To mark this move from policy development to policy implementation and also to observe SAQA’s 20th Birthday, the chairperson of the SAQA Board, accompanied by members of the Board past and present as well as the SAQA CEO will officially unveil SAQA House on the 15th November.

See the attached Fact Sheet for more information on SAQA’s achievements in the past 20 years.