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South Africa: Less Time Left for Submission of Views into National Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill

August 28, 2018

Provisions are made in the bill for greater role for the South African Qualifications Authority as well as professional bodies when it comes to verification of qualifications

PRETORIA, South Africa, August 28, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has called on South Africans to use the little time available to submit their views into the National Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill. The deadline for submission of views into the bill is Tuesday, 28 August.

The Chairperson of the committee Ms Connie September said it was critical to afford South Africans an opportunity to speak on this important piece of legislation.

“The bill seeks to deal decisively with misrepresentation of qualifications in our system. The committee wants to make cheating history and ensure that our people are correctly accredited for what they have qualified for” said Ms September.

Provisions are made in the bill for greater role for the South African Qualifications Authority as well as professional bodies when it comes to verification of qualifications. The bill also provides for the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to be able to evaluate foreign qualifications.

“This is an incredible step as it protects credibility of our system and the workplace from being blindsided by mere attendance of foreign universities. Fraudulent qualifications and misrepresentation will no longer go undetected and unpunished,” emphasised Ms September said.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Parliament.

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