RPL, the NQF, and Articulation


Assessement versus recognition

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  • #6802
    Wilma de Villiers
    Participant

    At a meeting last week one of the speakers told us that she was informed that ‘recognition of prior learning’ (RPL) was replaced with ‘assessment of prior learning’ (APL).

    If it is true, it is a positive change.  Many people misunderstood the concept of RPL.  There was a perception that you could go to a training provider and your years of experience will allow you to be RPL’ed and then receive a certificate.  Some people could not understand that there should be evidence and that the evidence needs to be assessed.

    Replacing ‘recognition’ with ‘assessment’ immediately inform one that assessment must first take place before recognition can be given.

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    #6826
    Joe Samuels
    Participant

    Dear Wilma

    I don’t know where this speaker is getting her information from. The Minister has appointed a Ministerial Task Team on RPL. I sit on this committee. SAQA’s responsibility is the development of policy on RPL. There is simply no talk about the changing the term!

    Regards

    Joe

     

    #6825
    Wilma de Villiers
    Participant

    I am trying to find out the source of the information.  It seems as if it is coming from the universities.  As soon as I know I will post a comment here.

    As I’ve said, I actually think that it will be a good idea to change it to ASSESSMENT.  People do not realize that assessment has to take place and that evidence need to be provided.

    Is there maybe a Skills Universe member that is attached to an university that knows any thing about this?

    I am involved in assessor training and want to be up to date with assessment-related matters.

    #6824
    sylvia hammond
    Keymaster

    Hi Wilma, Following Joe’s comment, I would agree that there is no reason to change the use of the term RPL.  My concern is that we keep changing things rather than putting our efforts into implementing what we’ve laid out.  I understand that not everyone is clear on what RPL means in practice, but that could be remedied by making clear what is involved, and how it is achieved.  I wonder whether simply adding “by assessment” after the use of RPL might not help.  So it would always be RPL by assessment. Do you think that would make a difference?

    #6823
    Joe Samuels
    Participant

    Hi Wilma

    There are different forms of RPL – it is our collective responsibility to inform the public about its correct meaning. From SAQA’s side we will redouble our efforts to educate people about what is meant by RPL.

    Regards

    Joe

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