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Recalling Certificates of Qualification

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is a system of classification, registration and control of national qualifications. It has been developed and implemented by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and performs an essential function in the establishment of standards for a wide level of education and learning programmes, mostly at higher education level and beyond.

The objectives of the NQF are to:

  • create a single integrated national framework for learning achievements;
  • facilitate access 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 title of the General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Act 20011 is self-explanatory. It also provides for a council, to oversee all aspects of quality assurance in further education and training – in particular, the quality of examination for any certificate.

  1. If a certificate has been issued to a learner, and the Council later discovers that he has not actually met the requirements for the qualification, it may require the learner to return the certificate, within three weeks. It is a criminal offence to disobey such a notification.2
  1. As amended; the latest amendment was effected by Act 15 of 2011. 

  2. Section 21(3) read with section 21(4).