ZAMBIA QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY ACT

Arrangement of Sections

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

PART II
THE NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK

   3.   National Qualifications Framework

   4.   Objectives of Framework

   5.   Framework levels

   6.   Sub-frameworks

PART III
THE ZAMBIA QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY

   7.   Establishment of Zambia Qualifications Authority

   8.   Seal of Authority

   9.   Functions of Authority

   10.   Board of Authority

   11.   Functions of Board

   12.   Tenure of office and vacancy

   13.   Proceedings of Board

   14.   Committees of Board

   15.   Allowances of members

   16.   Disclosure of interest

   17.   Prohibition of publication or disclosure of information to unauthorised persons

   18.   Immunity of members of Board and staff of Authority

   19.   Director and other staff

PART IV
FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

   20.   Funds of Authority

   21.   Financial year

   22.   Accounts and audit

   23.   Annual report

PART V
GENERAL PROVISION

   24.   Regulations

AN ACT

to provide for the development and implementation of a national qualifications framework; establish the Zambia Qualifications Authority; provide for the registration and accreditation of qualifications; provide measures to ensure that standards and registered qualifications are internationally comparable; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.

[15th April, 2011]

Act 13 of 2011.

PART I
PRELIMINARY

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Zambia Qualifications Authority Act.

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“appropriate authority” means the authority for the time being having responsibility for education, and includes a public or statutory office, body or institution under the following—

      (a)   the Education Act, 2011;

      (b)   the University Act, 1999;

      (c)   the Examinations Council of Zambia Act;

      (d)   the Technical Education Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Act, 1998;

      (e)   The Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education Act;

      (f)   the Zambia Institute of Human Resources Management Act, 1997;

      (g)   the Accountants Act, 2008;

      (h)   the Zambia Institute of Marketing Act, 2003;

      (i)   the National Institute of Public Administration Act, 1998;

      (j)   the Apprenticeship Act; and

      (k)   such other Act as the Minister may specify by statutory instrument;

“Authority” means the Zambia Qualifications Authority established under section 7;

“Chairperson” means the person appointed as Chairperson under section 10;

“committee” means a committee established under section 11;

“Director” means the person appointed as Director under section 19;

“educational institution” has the meaning assigned to it in the Education Act, 2011;

“Framework” means the National Qualifications Framework provided for under section 3;

“member” means a member of the Board;

“qualification” means the formal recognition by the Authority of the achievement of the required competencies at specific levels of the Framework as may be determined by the Authority;

“standard” means a specification or code of practice for an education and training outcome, and includes—

      (a)   a test method to describe a definitive procedure which produces a test result;

      (b)   a procedure that gives a set of instructions for performing operations or functions; and

      (c)   a registered statement of desired education and training outcomes and its associated assessment criteria; and

“Vice-Chairperson” means the person appointed as Vice-chairperson under section 10.

PART II
THE NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK

3.   National Qualifications Framework

The Authority shall, with the approval of the Minister, develop and implement a National Qualifications Framework for the classification, accreditation, publication and articulation of quality- assured national qualifications.

4.   Objectives of Framework

   (1) The objectives of the Framework are to—

      (a)   create a single integrated national framework for learning achievements;

      (b)   facilitate access to, and mobility and progression within, education, training and career paths;

      (c)   enhance the quality of education and training; and

      (d)   promote education, training and employment opportunities.

   (2) The Framework shall contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the nation.

   (3) The Authority and the appropriate authorities shall—

      (a)   develop, foster and maintain an integrated and transparent national framework for the recognition of learning achievements; and

      (b)   ensure that educational qualifications meet appropriate criteria, and are internationally comparable.

5.   Framework levels

   (1) The Framework shall be organised as a series of levels of learning achievement, arranged in the prescribed manner.

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