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Assessment College

The Assessment College is vital to the running of South Africa's education system. Offering skills programmes and qualifications for Education, Training and Development (ETD) practitioners, the Assessment College of South Africa focuses on how assessments are conducted and ensures that assessors and moderators are sufficiently qualified to be able to fairly and effectively assess work. Fully accredited, the Assessment College trains assessors to understand the NQF system by which qualifications are ranked and methods and processes for assessment. Read on for more information relating to the Assessment College of South Africa.

The vision of the White Paper is a single, integrated post-school system with
a focus on collaboration between the institutions. Artisan training will become
the centre of South Africa?s post-school training plan.

The Employment Tax Incentive Act proposes a youth wage subsidy aimed at
paving the way for on-the-job training. But how will this scheme affect
employers and young people?

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?

"In the process of assessment we often expect candidates to gather and display evidence of their competence for assessment purposes. This turns out to be one of the most difficult things to do in the outcomes-based education and training system," explains Marietta van Rooyen. "I am convinced that we are doing our learners and providers a disservice by not providing them with evidence guides."

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.

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