For discussion of: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), access and Articulation – moving between the sub-frameworks of Umalusi, Higher Education (CHE), and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
SAQA requests comments on draft policy for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
5th Nov 2012 at 11:46 pm #5578sylvia hammondKeymaster
Lack of education and skills are arguably two of the most critical aspects determining access to income, and general life chances. But adults learn through daily life and experience – not simply through formal education; within many South African operations, employees with minimal formal education successfully operate sophisticated machinery and complex systems. Why then has it been so difficult to recognise this knowledge and experience?
The OECD has recognised that although South Africa is still in the early stages of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), pockets of excellent practice do exist nationally. Recognising this, and with the dual intention of progressing the implementation of RPL – and complying with the National Qualification Framework (NQF) Act of 2008 – the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) has issued a draft RPL policy document for comment.
The proposals for funding are to be welcomed. Exclusion from education directly relates to access to income. Therefore it would follow that to break the cycle of deprivation and discrimination arising from previous exclusion – and to provide access to RPL as the first step in access to education – a positive initiative is advisable. However, there is no indication of from where the funding will derive.
Guidance & support, a developmental approach, and quality assured systems are theoretically all beneficial. The challenge however is to avoid the apparently mindless over-bureaucratisation exemplified in the current Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) department accreditation systems – although formally under the QCTO these functions are still conducted by the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) ETQAs.
The proposal for a National Co-ordinating Mechanism, providing research, professionalisation, co-ordination, support, advice and advocacy, and managing a biennial conference sounds excellent. Finally – RPL practitioners, given the plethora of “professional” bodies and associations, it would be beneficial to require all those associated with ETD – including RPL practitioners to be professionally registered – preferably with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP).
andShare on Social Media6th Nov 2012 at 12:08 pm #5602
I’ve been trying to get information to get myself RPL’d. I have completed 2 years at university in 1989 and subsequently have received training in other courses, with certificates. With previous years of work experience and about 6-8 yrs of Tourism experience, I believe I qualify for RPL. Based on all of this I wanted to get either a diploma or degree, but don’t know the processes. It all seems daunting. If anyone has any info, please contact me email@example.com.
Loshni6th Nov 2012 at 1:32 pm #5601
Hello Their Sylvia! How u doing? I’m an indian male from dbn 31. Thanks for the info regarding SAQA, I have a bit tell you about myself and what I regarding regarding studies which is not a lot but however you can guide me best where to from here! Please let me know do I just tell u my story over here or can I chat to you in a more confidental way?
Thanks6th Nov 2012 at 3:13 pm #5600
Hi Sylvia,I hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel.I have had more interaction with UNISA local satelite in Nelspruit,bt they to my surprise they knew nothing abt RPL.I have seen a bit and drop from my friend being RPLd at UNISA.The challenge resulted fromthis very Institution of higher learning,they need to be dragged,pulled through in order for them to buy -in it.RPL is not new,bt has never raised its head because nobody seems to understand it.I understand from this Institutions,becasue last time we query UNISA lecturers and assesors’s credibility to assess us,bt they decline that it is not necessary for them to be registered as moderators and assessors,because they hold higher qualifications in education,better than NQF 5 held by assessors and NQF 6 held by moderators.
There is light because presently RPL is taken National for public hearing and comments.Once they(Higher Instituions) buys in it,then our brothers and sisters will receive what was due to them for a long time.i.e.to be recognised and certificated.6th Nov 2012 at 4:02 pm #5599sylvia hammondKeymaster
Hi Veeshandra I’m not a specialised career advisor so it might be a better idea for you to join one of the groups dealing with careers and then add a discussion there with your relevant information. I’m sure someone will then respond to you.
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