The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, published the call for public comment on the draft National Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill, 2016 on Friday 18 November, giving 30 calendar days for comments to be made.
The amendments to nine sections of the existing National Qualifications Framework Act of 2008 will help tighten up controls on privately issued qualifications to ensure they are in line with NQF, and clamp down on fraudulent qualifications.
The provisions give more powers to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to accredit private education institutions or private providers and establish registers of fraudulent and misrepresented qualifications reported by institutions or employers.
The new law also seeks to provide for an obligation by employers to refer qualifications of employees to SAQA for validation and verification, and for a separate register for professional designations.
It will also provide for the reformulation of evaluation criteria of foreign qualifications.
The comments may be made by post to Private Bag X174 Pretoria 0001 for the attention of Advocate E. Boshoff, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (012) 324 8230.
The draft amendments can be viewed here (http://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/files/40430_gon1430.pdf)