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NQF amendment act – authenticity, verification

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    • #71663
      sylvia hammond
      Keymaster

      The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Amendment Act, has been published.

      We have been waiting for a while for this amendment act.

      One of the purposes is to prevent the sort of reports we hear in the media of misrepresentation of qualifications.
      South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) will be responsible for verifying the authenticity of qualifications or part qualifications – and the equivalence of foreign qualifications.

      Look at the definitions in section 1 – skills development provider is defined:
      ‘‘ ‘skills development provider’ means a provider that is registered with the Department in terms of the Continuing Education and Training Act, and is accredited by the QC for Trades and Occupations to offer occupational qualifications;’’;

      As you read through, look for the amendments to section 32(B) – for the offences. Something to make note of

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    • #71668
      Des Squire
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      later in the qact id describes the provider as
      by the addition of the following subsection:
      ‘‘(3) Every private education institution or skills development provider offering education and training programme or any component thereof towards a qualification or part-qualification, must be registered by the relevant Department as a private education institution or skills
      development provider and accredited by the relevant QC
      to offer such qualification or part-qualification.’’.

      I also noted at a quick glance that the Act refers to a qualification that is registered on the NLRD????

      Will study in greater detail later, these are just preliminary observations. Thanks for posting.

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      Lynel Farrell
      Keymaster

      19 August 2019: Government Gazette Vol.650, No 1078: It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act, which is hereby published for general information:

      Act No.12 of 2019: National Qualifications Framework Amendment Act, 2019

      Herewith some extractions from the gazette for ease of reference:

      “by the substitution for the definition of ‘‘skills development provider’’ of the following definition:
      ‘‘ ‘skills development provider’means a provider that is registered with the Department in terms of the Continuing Education and Training Act, and is accredited by the QC for Trades and Occupations to offer occupational qualifications;’’

      Section 3 of the principal Act is hereby amended—
      (a) by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection:
      ‘‘(2) Every qualification or part-qualification contemplated in subsection (1)(a) must be registered on the National Qualifications Framework in accordance with this Act.’’; and by the addition of the following subsection:
      ‘‘(3) Every private education institution or skills development provider offering education and training programme or any component thereof towards a qualification or part-qualification, must be registered by the relevant Department as a private education institution or skills development provider and accredited by the relevant QC to offer such qualification or part-qualification.’’.

      Offences and penalties
      A person, an education institution or skills development provider is guilty of an offence if a person, the education institution or skills development provider claims to be offering a qualification or part qualification registered on the NQF whereas that qualification or part qualification is not so registered.

      Any person convicted of an offence in terms of this Act, is liable, in the case of a contravention of sections 32B(1), 32B(2), 32B(3) or 32B(4) to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years, or to both a fine and such imprisonment.

      Any person, education institution, director or a board member of an education institution, foreign institution or its agents, or skills development provider in contravention of section 32B(4) may be ordered to close its business and declared unfit to apply and register any education institution, skills development provider or become an agent of any foreign institution in the Republic offering a qualification or part-qualification on the NQF or foreign qualification or part-qualification for a period not exceeding 10 years.’’.

      This Act is called the National Qualifications Framework Amendment Act, 2019, and comes into operation on the date determined by the President by proclamation in the Gazette.

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