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Minimum Norms and Standards for Student Housing in the Pipeline

November 4, 2021

Department of Higher Education and Training

The Draft Revised Policy on the Minimum Norms and Standards for Student Housing at Public Institutions of Higher Learning has been drawn up.

The higher education and training department published the Draft Revised Policy in Government Gazette 45396 for comment.

It was drafted in terms of the Higher Education Act.

According to the department, the decision to review the current policy was taken to create a single policy containing an integrated set of minimum norms and standards for the public technical and vocational education and training colleges and public universities.

The Draft Policy focuses on application; physical infrastructure; health and safety; furnishings, fittings and equipment; construction, repairs and maintenance; student well-being and support; student housing governance and management; financial control and management of student housing; compliance with minimum norms and standards and phasing in of the revised policy.

Comment is invited within 31 calendar days excluding Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 45401, the department published the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF) Policy in terms of the National Qualifications Framework Act.

The OQSF is designed to facilitate the development and registration of quality assured occupational (including trade-related) qualifications, part-qualifications and skills programmes from NQF Level 1 to 8.

It makes available occupational qualifications and part-qualifications that give people access to occupations, trades and/or relevant professions.

The OQSF “meets the needs of existing and emerging sectors by ensuring that all learners, professionals, workers, unemployed and those classified as NEET (not in employment, education or training), are equipped with relevant and portable competencies that support lifelong employability”.

The Policy came into effect on the date of publication.