Part of Umalusi’s legislative mandate as the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training is to accredit private education institutions offering qualifications registered on the General and Further Education and Training Qualifications Sub-framework, which constitutes levels 1 – 4 of the National Qualifications Framework.
In line with its mandate, Umalusi recently held a series of award ceremonies across the country to award accreditation certificates to deserving private education institutions in recognition of their compliance to Umalusi’s rigid accreditation standards. The certificate award ceremonies were held in Cape Town on 12 March, Pretoria on 18 March, and Pietermaritzburg on 27 March 2019. The following three categories of private institutions received the Umalusi accreditation certificates: independent schools to offer the National Curriculum Statement leading to the National Senior Certificate, private further education and training (FET) colleges to offer the National Certificate (Vocational) and/or the NATED N1-N3 Engineering Studies programme, and private adult education and training (AET) centres to offer the General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training at NQF Level 1. Private FET colleges and private AET centres are awarded the accreditation status for a period of seven years. Independent schools are granted accreditation for a continuous period subject to them maintaining the required standards as determined through regular monitoring by Umalusi.
All the private education institutions that received their accreditation certificates are now among a cohort of fully accredited private education institutions in South Africa. A total of 88 independent schools, 21 private further education and training colleges and two (2) private adult education and training centres received their accreditation certificates with 111 certificates across all the nine provinces. After receiving their new certificates, accredited private education institutions can proudly display their certificates as proof of their compliance with the quality standards set by Umalusi. It is also worth noting that this year’s award ceremonies were combined with Umalusi’s Accreditation Forums whose purpose is to share information about accreditation with stakeholders.
The Chairperson of Umalusi Council, Prof John Volmink, made the following comment to deserving institutions; “Umalusi congratulates the accredited institutions on being awarded accreditation certificates. This is the biggest achievement and a milestone, considering that they have put great effort into meeting the rigorous accreditation requirements of Umalusi in order to be awarded their accreditation status.”
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