The Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA) are currently conducting consultations with all Post School Education and
Training (PSET) providers and sector stakeholders including Government Ministries and
Corporations, Private Sector Employers, Professional Associations, Development Partners as well as Regional and International Organisations on the Draft SQA Amendment Bill 2022.
The consultations for Upolu have been set for this week Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th March, while Savaii stakeholders will be consulted on Friday 18th March.
The main objective of the consultation is for the Authority to present its Draft SQA Amendment Bill 2022 for stakeholder feedback to enable finalisation for approval of the proposed Bill prior to its tabling before Parliament this year.
SQA was established under the SQA Act 2006 which was repealed in 2010 to provide more regulatory functions to the Authority that was set up as a national body to provide policy advice, coordinate and quality assure the PSET sub-sector in Samoa.
Over the years, SQA has built its network and work scope to include:
- Programme Accreditation;
- Recognition of Non Formal Learning activities;
- Workplace Assessment process;
- National External Moderation process;
- Quality Audit of Post School Education Sector qualifications;
As the SQA implements its regulatory and policy advisory functions, more measures were identified by the Authority to ensure the post school education and training sub sector continues to be strengthened to cater for the needs of students and to meet the expectations and needs of workplaces. It is also an opportune time to revisit the existing functions of the Authority to address areas for improvement taking into account lessons learned over the years of implementation.
The SQA wishes to acknowledge the support of PSET Providers and all of its stakeholders for their continuous support over the years towards the implementation of SQA/PSET activities and for their valuable feedback in finalising the SQA Amendment Bill 2022.