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2017 DHET Research Colloquium: Minister's speech

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Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

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Ndzimande, Bonginkosi Emmanuel





This speech by the Minister of Higher Education and Training introduces the evaluation study into the implementation of the South African National Qualifications Framework. The development of the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) has been built on a long developmental trajectory dating back to the proposals in the African National Congress (ANC) policy document for a post-apartheid education and training system, and the proposals from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in the late 1980's. This research is contextualized within a current critical global discourse about National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs), as the extensive literature review in this research report signifies. Questions are being asked whether and how NQFs have a role to play in a world where change is constant and trends emerge which shape the operational, transactional and contextual elements of the systems. This research project, which has been a joint venture between the DPME and the DHET, is part of our journey on which we listen, contemplate and grow our practices in the NQF space. this evaluation research report and this colloquium provides us with the opportunity now to look through a critical lens at the NQF and evaluate to what extent the dreams we had for the NQF as an enabling mechanism have been realized, and what we need to do to ensure the NQF remains one of our key tools to drive social inclusion, equity, transformation and redress.

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