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Matriculation Board

A matriculation exemption is a legal requirement for first-degree study at a South African university. Students who did not pass Senior Certificate with endorsement are required by law to apply for a matriculation exemption through the Matriculation Board. Foreign students wishing to register for first-degree studies in South Africa must have their school qualifications evaluated by the Matriculation Board that will then issue a certificate of exemption to those who qualify. A certificate of exemption is issued on application to prospective students who have obtained a Senior Certificate without endorsement or equivalent foreign school-leaving qualification, who meets the requirements of the published regulations and wishes to pursue first degree studies at a South African university.
You need to get hold of the M30e form which is obtainable from: a) Admissions Offices of universities or b) Download it from the Matriculation Board website or c) Request it via e-mail addressed to: or d) Request that the form be faxed to you.
There are various types of exemption certificates issued depending on the qualifications of the applicant e.g. complete exemption certificates and conditional exemption certificates. a) Complete exemption certificates are: certificates that do not have expiry dates but take effect on a date that is dependent on the qualification on the basis of which it is awarded. A detailed explanation of the different types of exemption certificates can be found on this web page of the website.

CHE Accreditation

The Council on Higher Education is responsible for the accreditation of public and private higher education institutions' learning programmes leading to qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and registeredby the Department of Higher Education and Training.
The Accreditation Framework sets out a common accreditation policy framework for all programmes and qualifications that fall within the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework (HEQSF) and within the jurisdiction of the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) and which are offered by higher education institutions. It recognises further that professional bodies establish the criteria for licensing candidates to practice in their respective professions, and that in so doing they may play a role in the quality assurance of programmes or qualifications that form part of the requirements for such licensing. The framework affirms the principles and processes for programme accreditation, and in many ways consolidates what was already in place. The main difference in this revised framework is the introduction of a new process of institutional assessment that seeks to align programme accreditation with the quality assurance of institutional arrangements such that the achievement of minimal external accreditation processes for qualifying institutions can be facilitated. This process is envisaged to be implemented post the HEQSF-alignment process; thus not before 2015.
Quality-related criteria constitute a crucial element in the execution of the HEQC’s functions, fulfilling the dual purpose of serving as evaluative tools for the HEQC’s audit, review and accreditation activities, as well as setting broad benchmarks for quality management arrangements in higher education. The criteria are intended to enable institutions to analyse and reflect on their quality management arrangements and to guide the production of self-evaluation reports or accreditation applications.
Private higher education providers are required to be registered with the DHET, and to have all accredited programmes displayed on their registration certificates. At the end of each registration cycle the DHET requires from the HEQC a report on the accreditation status of the programmes of private providers.All applications for re-accreditation must be submitted via the HEQC-online accreditation system. No hard-copy submissions will be accepted by the HEQC.

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