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.

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.

Everyone would agree that quality is important in education and training, and accreditation is the primary means we have to ensure standards are high. Marietta van Rooyen argues that we making many mistakes in the accreditation process with many quality assurance bodies unable to see the wood for the trees. Should accreditation really be refused because the company doesn't have enough admin staff - even though all admin is up to date? Marietta has more examples of nonsensical accreditation decisions.

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.

"ETQAs face many challenges, from being under-staffed and under resourced, to coping with policies and procedures that are impractical and authoritarian", explains Cecilia Cronje from Assessment College. She explains how the work her company does assists the quality assurance bodies.

How well known is the National Qualifications framework (NQF)? And, more importantly, is it trusted? Assessment College MD Gerda Magnus addresses these issues and proposes that communities of trust become necessary when the levels of trust in the NQF are low.

While there is progress in improving standards in our public schools, the drop-out rate still remains a particular worry. And when we consider that the curriculum is about preparing learners for higher education, Marietta van Rooyen argues that the 99% of learners who need vocational and occupational skills are hardly catered for at all.

Assessment College chairperson, Marietta van Rooyen believes that the conclusions drawn from Umalusi?s recent research comparing Grade 12 school subjects to similar N3 college subjects leave a lot to be desired. "The main conclusions seem to be foregone conclusions and come as no surprise". Read her full article.

Marietta van Rooyen has just returned from a fact finding mission to Australia where she was able to meet with senior education officials responsible for quality assurance. There was a lot to learn from the Australian system, including the way they accredit providers.

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.

With a complicated policy infrastructure including various acts or parliament, regulations and strategy documents the openings for legal action are many and varied. Marietta van Rooyen from Assessment College has a stark warning for trainers and educators: "Be aware, be very aware".

Marietta van Rooyen from Assessment College is concerned that the ambiguities and contradictions emanating from the different Acts that govern education and training is seriously debilitating providers and learners.

If you are delivering a learnership or other qualifications can you integrate the fundamental unit standards into the learning, or must they be separate interventions? Marietta van Rooyen highlights some of the practical problems that providers are running into.

Marietta van Rooyen from Assessment College shares her thoughts on how training providers can contribute to the success of the National Qualifications Framework and quality training.

Assessment College's Mariatta van Rooyen has been having a few problems dealing with their ETQA. "In March 2005 we received 3400 letters of endorsement from the ETDP Seta. We could only post out 590 of these, as the rest were duplications". Don't worry, there's more...

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