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Mariétta van Rooyen

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations is planning to make use of Communities of Expert Practice, or CEPs, to develop qualifications and to perform certain quality assurance functions. Marietta van Rooyen looks at their role in more detail.

"The state has a duty and responsibility to make it possible for people to comply with the law," says Assessment College Executive Chair Marietta van Rooyen. Looking at the education and training legislation making its way through parliament at the moment, van Rooyen believes that while some of the existing concerns are addressed some glaring problems are still present.

"The state has a duty and responsibility to make it possible for people to comply with the law," says Assessment College Executive Chair Marietta van Rooyen. Looking at the education and training legislation making its way through parliament at the moment, van Rooyen believes that while some of the existing concerns are addressed some glaring problems are still present.

"It seems to me", writes Marietta van Rooyen, "that the role of trainers in the development of skills in South Africa is grossly underestimated. When the NQF was set up the word 'Trainer' was somehow discredited and replaced by the rather ambiguous name of ETD Practitioner". So how can trainers raise their status?

Assessment College recently hosted their first Assessment Conference which was attended by more than 200 delegates. The delegates proposed a number of resolutions from the event and Marietta van Rooyen explains what these were and how they will be taken forward.

At the recent Appetd conference, Professor Merlyn Mehl raised some concerns about the quality of training and used the example of the assessor unit standard. Marietta Van Rooyen from Assessment College looks into the details of Assessor training and the compilation of Portfolios of Evidence.

Assessment College's Marietta van Rooyen has found some valuable information related to the NQF from am unusual source. "I found some fascinating parallels and many insights between the way animals behave and learn and the way we train and educate human beings". Read her article for full details.

Why has there been so little uptake on the Verifier unit standard? And why has the SGB declined to renew this particular standard? Marietta van Rooyen believes that a Verifier plays an important role in the NQF system and proposes that the decision to discontinue it should be debated further.

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