What is the South African Qualifications Authority?
The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is a juristic person – that is an entity given a legal personality by the law. The South African Qualifications Authority Board is a body of 12 members appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training.
The Minister must invite nominations for the appointment of members by notice in the Gazette, from-
- persons involved in education and training;
- organisations involved in education and training;
- professional bodies;
- organised labour;
- organised business; and
- organisations representing community and development interests.
The objectives of SAQA are to
- advance the objectives of the NQF;
- oversee the further development and implementation of the NQF; and
- co-ordinate the sub-frameworks.
SAQA must advise the Minister of Higher Education and Training on NQF matters in terms of the NQF Act. SAQA must also perform its functions subject to the NQF Act 67 of 2008 and oversee the implementation of the NQF and ensure the achievement of its objectives.