Concerned Providers Interest Group – QCTO/SAQA/SETA/DHET

SAQA Immediate Reliease 12 April 2019

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    Lynel Farrell

    NQF Amendment Bill seeks to protect the publicl

    “The Bill, which is currently awaiting the president’s signature, makes provision for the registration by the Department of Higher Education and Training of all private education institutions and skills development providers as well as for the accreditation of these providers by the Quality Councils. It further makes provision for organs of state, employers, education institutions, skills development providers and Quality Councils to refer qualifications and part-qualifications to SAQA for verification and evaluation. The Bill also provides for the formulation of criteria for evaluating foreign qualifications.”

    “Another form of deterrent is the imposition of penalties to not only the qualification fraudsters but also to education institutions and skills development providers that falsely claim that they are registered and accredited to offer qualifications and part-qualifications. Hence, it is a criminal offence for an education institution or education skills provider to falsely claim to be registered and accredited, and let alone offer qualifications that are not registered on the NQF.”

    “The penalties range from five to 10 years imprisonment or a fine or both. This means that learners will not be taken for a ride by unscrupulous providers. Moreover, the penalties are not limited to qualification holders and providers but also extend to anyone who makes or causes a false entry into the National Learners’ Records Database or the misrepresented or fraudulent database. Therefore, the public will be protected on all fronts.”

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