SADC to launch qualifications framework
RUNDU, 14 APR (NAMPA) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will formally launch the SADC Qualifications Framework (SADCQF) next week Wednesday in Johannesburg.
This is in an effort to re-commit to and make the movement of students and education workers across the region a reality.
SADC’s Technical Committee on Certification and Accreditation (TCCA) chairperson, Joe Samuels said this in a media statement issued here on Wednesday.
The SADCQF is a regional framework consisting of 10 levels.
The levels are based on learning outcomes and as they increase, their level of complexity also increases.
“SADCQF enables member states to reference their National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs) or national education systems against the agreed-upon regional framework,” Samuels said.
SADCQF was first established in 2011 by ministers of education in the southern African region.
A Technical Committee on Certification and Accreditation (TCCA) was then established to make the SADCQF a reality.
The TCCA is a group of experts from the 15 SADC member states and is supported by the SADC Secretariat.
The TCCA has since agreed on a way of implementing the SADCQF.
This includes the adoption of 10 alignment criteria to ensure consistency in the way SADC member states align their NQFs or national education systems to the SADCQF, he said.
Six of the 15 SADC member countries have agreed to pilot the alignment process and the outcome will guide the roll-out of the alignment for the other nine SADC states.
“Regional alignment enables individuals to make comparisons of their learning and competence, and reduces unnecessary duplication of learning when moving through SADC for study or work purposes,” Samuels added.
Implementation of the SADCQF also includes quality assurance and verification of qualifications.
SADC has created a set of 16 regional quality assurance guidelines that set standards at a regional level. Member states must align their quality assurance mechanisms with the regional guidelines.
To facilitate the verification of qualifications in the region, member states decided to create a regional qualifications verification network known as the SADC Qualifications Verifications Network (SADCQVN).
The SADCQVN is a tool for SADC Member States to verify qualifications used in SADC.