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Parliament Passes National Qualifications Framework Bill

March 22, 2019

Parliament

22 March 2019

The National Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill has been passed by parliament and sent to president Ramaphosa for assent.

The bill was passed by the national assembly and sent to the national council of provinces for concurrence in November 2018.

It was tabled in parliament in June 2018.

It is designed to provide for the verification of all qualifications or part-qualifications by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

The bill was drawn up by the department of higher education and training.

A draft bill was published for comment at the end of 2016.

The bill aims to amend the National Qualifications Framework Act, 2008, so as to:


• amend and insert certain definitions;
• provide for the verification of all qualifications or part-qualifications by the SAQA;
• provide for the formulation of criteria for evaluating foreign qualifications;
• provide for the establishment and maintenance of separate registers of misrepresented or fraudulent qualifications or part-qualifications;
• provide for a separate register for professional designations;
• provide for the referral of qualifications or part-qualifications to SAQA for verification and evaluation;
• provide for offences and penalties which have a bearing on fraudulent qualifications; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

During its deliberations, the portfolio committee on higher education and training introduced a new clause on referral of a qualification or part-qualification to the SAQA for verification and evaluation into the bill.

The select committee on education and recreation adopted the bill without amendments.