What is the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)?

South Africa needed to create a national education and training system that provides quality learning, is responsive to the ever-changing influences of the external environment and also promote the development of the nation that is committed to life-long learning. The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is a strategy in response to these demands. It provides a framework within which the South African Qualifications system is constructed, representing a national effort at integrating education and training. The NQF is the set of principles and guidelines by which records of learner achievement are registered to enable national recognition of acquired skills and knowledge, thereby ensuring an integrated system that encourages life-long learning.

What are the objectives of the NQF?

  • Create a single integrated national framework for learning achievements;
  • Facilitate access to, and mobility and progression within, education, training and career paths;
  • Enhance the quality of education and training;
  • Accelerate the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities.
  • The objectives of the NQF are designed to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the nation at large.

    SAQA and the QCs must seek to achieve the objectives of the NQF by:

  • Developing, fostering and maintaining an integrated and transparent national framework for the recognition of learning achievements;
  • Ensuring that South African qualifications meet appropriate criteria, determined by the Minister as contemplated in section 8 , and are internationally comparable;
  • Ensuring that South African qualifications are of an acceptable quality.
  • The objectives of the NQF as outlined in the SAQA Act are as follows:
  • To create an integrated national framework for learning achievements;
  • Facilitate access to, and mobility and progression within education, training and career paths;
  • Enhance the quality of education and training;
  • Accelerate the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities;
  • Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the nation at large.
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