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South African Qualifications Authority Act (No. 58 of 1995)
« on: November 30, 2015, 06:43:48 PM »
South African Qualifications Authority Act (No. 58 of 1995)

This Act has been repealed by the National Qualifications Framework Act, No. 67 of 2008.

This means that the act had a name changed from Authority to Framework in 2008.

Objectives of National Qualifications Framework

1)   The objectives of the National Qualifications Framework are to –
a)   create an integrated national framework for learning achievements;
b)   facilitate access to, and mobility and progression within education, training and career paths;
c)   enhance the quality of education and training;
d)   accelerate the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities; and thereby
e)   contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the nation at large.

Functions of Authority

1)   Subject to the provisions of subsection (2), the Authority shall –
i)   oversee the development of the National Qualifications Framework; and
ii)   formulate and publish policies and criteria for –
(aa)   the registration of bodies responsible for establishing education and training standards or qualifications; and
(ab)   the accreditation of bodies responsible for monitoring and auditing achievements in terms of such standards or qualifications;
b)   oversee the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework, including –
i)   the registration or accreditation of bodies referred to in paragraph (a) and the assignment of functions to them;
ii)   the registration of national standards and qualifications;
iii)   steps to ensure compliance with provisions for accreditation; and
iv)   steps to ensure that standards and registered qualifications are internationally comparable;
c)   advise the Minister on matters affecting the registration of standards and qualifications; and
d)   be responsible for the control of the finances of the Authority.
2)   The Authority shall pursue the objectives of the National Qualifications Framework as provided in section 2 and execute the functions of the Authority as provided in subsection (1) –
a)   after consultation and in co-operation with the departments of state, statutory bodies, companies, bodies and institutions responsible for education, training and the certification of standards which will be affected by the National Qualifications Framework;
b)   with due regard for the respective competence of Parliament and the provincial legislatures in terms of section 126 of the Constitution, and the rights, powers and functions of the governing bodies of a university or universities and a technikon or technikons as provided in any Act of Parliament.
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