Call for comments on the Draft Policy on Misrepresentation of Qualifications
25 January 2017
The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is mandated by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act, 67 of 2008, to advance the objectives of the NQF, oversee the further development and implementation of the NQF and to co-ordinate the Sub-Frameworks.
One of the objectives of the NQF is to facilitate access to, and mobility and progression within education, training, development and work. In this regard Section 13(1) (m) requires SAQA to provide an evaluation and advisory service in respect of foreign qualifications, consistent with the NQF Act. The NQF Amendment Bill also confirms SAQA’s role in the verification of national qualifications.
To give effect to preserving the integrity of the NQF, and to provide a more complete evaluation and advisory service, SAQA, in consultation with DHET and the Quality Councils, developed this draft Policy on the Misrepresentation of Qualifications. The Policy defines what is meant by misrepresented qualifications; provides a framework for dealing with individuals and providers who misrepresent qualifications; and defines the roles and responsibilities of the different role-players.
SAQA encourages all stakeholders who directly or indirectly engage with qualifications, are in the education and training sector, in the police services or judiciary, have knowledge of the SA legal system, are employers, or have an interest in curbing the proliferation of misrepresented qualifications, to engage with this draft Policy and submit comments to SAQA within 30 days of its publication.
Comments should be sent to Ms Nireen Naidoo, Director: Office of the CEO (
Chief Executive Officer
To access the draft policy click below
New Tariffs for the Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications
07 December 2016
SAQA provides a foreign qualifications evaluation and advisory service in accordance with Section 13(1)(m) of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act. The service is provided on a non-profit, cost recovery basis, without external funding support.
The tariffs charged for this service were last adjusted in June 2014. To sustain the provision of this service, SAQA will implement inflation related increases with effect from 1 January 2017. The tariff increases will also include changes in the administrative fees charged to process refunds.
SAQA House officially unveiled
28 November 2016 Stakeholders in education and training gathered at the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) premises on the 15th November 2016 to observe SAQA’s 20th Birthday and to mark the transition from policy development to policy implementation
Request for comments: Draft National Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill,
24 November 2016
Herewith the Draft National Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill, 2016, published in Government Gazette no 40430 of 18 November 2016 for comment within 30 calendar days of publication.
The aim of the draft Bill is “To amend the National Qualifications Framework Act, 2008 so as to provide for the substitution of the Long Title;
to provide for the insertion of new definitions; to provide for the accreditation of private education institutions or private providers to offer qualifications or part-qualifications or any component thereof as contemplated in the principal Act;
to provide for a separate register for professional designations; to provide for the formulation of evaluation criteria of foreign qualifications; to provide for the establishment of a register of fraudulent qualifications;
to provide for the adherence of education institutions, employers and courts of law to the legal obligations to report fraudulent qualifications;
to provide for the establishment by SAQA of a register of misrepresented qualifications; to provide for employers to be obliged to refer qualifications of employees to SAQA for validation and verification;
to provide for transitional arrangements and for matters connected therewith.”
Comments can be sent to:
Department of Higher Education and Training
Attention: Adv. E Boshoff
Private Bag X174
Fax: 012 324 8230
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