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Irene James
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  • Durban KwaZulu-Natal
  • South Africa
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  • Cobus Cato
  • Des Squire
  • Tass Schwab

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Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Yup, Andrew - You are right. - Another disaster looming. There is some good stuff coming out of the QCTO model, but I suspect that that whole idea of separate assessments/assessment partners etc will implode anyway - too cumbersome, too expensive,…"
Friday
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Hi Des! Forgive me - I am not exactly sure which part you disagree with? I agree with your statement about the presentation of evidence (for the assessor unit standard), but we don't have that problem when we train assessors, because we…"
Friday
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Hi Andrew - that is my point. and I see that not too many folk will wager a guess on this one. As a member of SAQAs NGB 11 (varied services - from transport to funeral to hairdressing) for yonks, we spent many many hours debating the credit values…"
Friday
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Hannes, you are bang on the button here - agree 100% with all your comments.  The PoE building option is definitely the best one. Naturally occurring evidence is a useful inclusion, but the challenge is always to ensure that the learner…"
Friday
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Hi Des,  Thanks for the query I am not referring to a specific unit standard (all hypothetical)  but I guess if one was to assign a title to it, it would be something like "Use a personal computer to produce a word…"
Friday
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Have any of our learned practitioners served on the (then) SGBs for SAQA (Standards Generating Bodies).  If you did, you will be able to answer the following question: If 1 credit = 10 notional hours, how many credits should be…"
Friday
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion Notional hours - what impact do they have?
"Hah. Ja. Ask the SETAs (read SERVICES SETA AND TETA this question - they are absolutely clueless as to the notion of "notional hours". the mind boggles. When our learners on a current Services SETA project could not attend their workplace…"
Nov 19
Irene James replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Prerequisites for a CAT system in the group Assessors & Moderators
"The very worst example of the CAT system is the SETA's application of it at the FETC band - We had a QMS policy that stated that the "second language" requirement to embark on an NQF 4 FETC qualification would be accommodated…"
Sep 4
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion What are the "Principles of Assessment"? in the group Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices
"Agree 100% Steve  - Glad you are on the same page!"
Jul 11
Irene James replied to Des Squire's discussion What are the "Principles of Assessment"? in the group Occupationally Directed Education, Training and Development Practices
"Hi Mthunzi - I agree with all of your points 100%.   But the question I would like to ask is why are we allowing the SETA's to dictate to us in the first place?  "Model answers" belong in an old fashioned traditional…"
Jul 11
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Jul 11
Irene James replied to Lynel Farrell's discussion QCTO vs SETAs - what progress if any?
"Dear Lynel You deserve a medal - this is a lot of work you are putting into this critical area. Thank you from all of us! I am attending a qual development exercise this week through the QCTO - will see if I can get any answers to some of the…"
Jun 24
Irene James replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Are Verifiers Adding any Value to the Learning Process?
"Dear Henk, You are absolutely right when you say that many of the SETA staff are just inexperienced administrators. Shame. Worse still the SETAs appoint people who have absolutely zero experience in implementing learnerships  to…"
Jun 5
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Jun 2
Irene James replied to Dr Jacqueline Baumgardt (Jax)'s discussion Doctorate on The QA Challenges of Private Providers
"Jacqui, congratulations on this piece of work. It is simply superb, and must have taken many hours of effort. Although I have just scanned it at this stage, I intend to digest it fully when I can find a couple of uninterrupted hours. Or better…"
Jun 2
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Tell us about what you do
Founder and Managing Director of a Private FET Institution, provisionally registered with DHET and fully accredited by Services SETA - offering a range of learnerships across 7 ETQAs, skills programmes in ten countries in Africa and proudly holding a BBBEE rating of 1 - 168,75% - value adding.
What companies or organisations are you with?
Dionysus Skills Development Initiative Pty Ltd

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