"Let's rather work together to make the legislative and regulatory environment that we have better understood and more user friendly, for the ultimate benefit of all concerned." This is a sentence taken from John Scarrott of the NEI Committee of APPETD in a discussion of whether there should be an apex quality assurance body.
But John's comment raises a new discussion about the role of the QCTO - and who is responsible for disseminating information and aiding stakeholder understanding.
John is absolutely right, if everyone understands what the policies and procedures are - and why they are structured in that way (that is: what is trying to be achieved) then there is more chance that everyone will work towards achieving those ends.
Certainly, as the QCTO is an administrative body funded by taxpayers money (as well as income from services and other sources) we have every right to know what is going on. But how much formal communication is there from the QCTO? The SAQA website hosts a QCTO section. There are 4 reference documents dated June 2011. Another document was relevant until March 2012. The QCTO.org.za website link from SAQA does not work. The NQF.org site provides early "frequently answered questions". I have seen one newsletter on a QCTO letterhead - that was forwarded to me, and Googling "QCTO" provides a presentation done to the portfolio committee - courtesy of PoultrySA.
Further information gained is very often patchy and in answer to specific questions, so not comprehensive - and not in context. Those who attend meetings apparently receive information, but it goes no further. Are individuals responsible for dissemination? Surely formal statements are preferable.
In terms of the NQF Act (67 of 2008), which established the present quality councils, the quality councils are required to:
"27 (k)(i) conduct or commission and publish research on issues of importance to the development and implementation of the sub-framework;
(ii) inform the public about the sub-framework,"
Noteworthy that this refers to the "public" - not just stakeholders.
An example of best practice and how it should be done is the HRD Council chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe - after each meeting there is a formal statement of issues discussed and what has been decided - and a media briefing.
Am I missing something? Is there another regular source of information about the QCTO? Or is it that nothing concrete is actually being achieved?