Private training providers should prepare for a greater level of evaluation and verification as government heightens its qualification policies.
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) will soon invite public comment on important amendments to the draft National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Amendment Bill.
The bill, which was published in November 2016, will particularly affect education and training providers and employers in the reporting of misrepresented qualifications, and will impact upon private education providers which will need to be registered.
The amendments to nine sections of the existing National Qualifications Framework Act 67of 2008 will help tighten up controls on qualifications awarded by institutions, especially non-registered private providers. The bill will ensure qualifications are in line with the NQF, and support the clamp down on fraudulent qualifications.
The provisions give more powers to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to evaluate and verify qualifications of employees, members of Boards and Councils, and establish registers of fraudulent and misrepresented qualifications reported by institutions or employers.
The provisions will also compel all private providers of education and training to be registered with the Department and to be accredited by one of the three quality councils.
The new law also will oblige employers to refer qualifications of employees to SAQA for validation and verification, and for a separate register for professional designations.
It will also provide for the reformulation of evaluation criteria for foreign qualifications.
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