DHET has a history of releasing important documents late in the year when so many are out of office. They’ve done it again with a call for comments on the proposed National Skills Development Plan 2030. The document was published on 15 December 2017!
It’s a long and intricate document with much to take in and digest. Seems SETAs still have a future.
—More to come, I’m still working through it. —
You can download it from: http://www.gpwonline.co.za/Gazettes/Gazettes/41332_15-12_HighEducation.pdf
Comments are due by 31 January 2018.
DHET has published a bill to amend the NQF Act. Download
There’s whole lot of stuff related to private and foreign providers. But also a series of clauses related to fraudulent or misrepresented qualifications.
But the most alarming clauses are the following:
32A Obligations to report fraudulent qualifications
All education institutions and employers have a legal obligation to report fraudulent qualifications to SAQA.
32B Obligations to refer qualifications of employees to the SAQA
(1) All employers must refer qualifications of employees to SAQA for validation and verifications; and
(2) The employer must include an acknowledgement form signed by the purported holder of the qualification to publish the outcome of SAQA verification in the public domain in the event of invalid qualifications presented to the employer. ”
So with circa 11 million employees in the formal sector is SAQA going to be up to this task?
The bill also seems to make it easier for private providers and foreign-based providers to become part of the system.