The SADC Technical Committee on Certification and Accreditation (TCCA) held its meeting on 19-20 September 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa to, among other things review progress on the implementation of the decisions of the TCCA meeting held on 19th and 20th April 2017.
At the end of the meeting, TCCA members developed a roadmap for implementation of SADC Qualifications Framework (SADCQF) from September 2017 to May 2018. They also resolved that the SADC Secretariat should communicate and engage with non-participating Member States to ensure their involvement in the work of TCCA
The Chairperson of the TCCA, Mr Joe Samuels emphasised the need to fast-track implementation of the four areas of the SADCQF namely; Development and alignment of the National Qualifications Frameworks to the SADCQF; Quality Assurance; Verifications; and Advocacy and Communication.
The TCCA meeting was attended by Chief Executive Officers and Directors of national institutions responsible for Certification and Accreditation of education and skills training from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the SADC Secretariat. Representatives from United Nations Educational Cultural and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) also attended the meeting.
The TCCA is a group of experts from the 15 SADC Member States and is supported by the SADC Secretariat. It is mandated by the SADC Ministers of Education to oversee the implementation of SADCQF which plays a key role in setting the regional standard for comparing qualifications obtained in SADC, thereby enabling easier movement of learners and workers across the SADC region and internationally.