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CHE > Media and Publications > Frameworks Criteria > The Council on Higher Education’s Policies on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
September, 2016

The Council on Higher Education’s Policies on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Credit Accumulation and Transfer, and assessment in higher education sets out to provide higher education institutions with appropriate directives and procedures for the development, application and assessment of the effectiveness of their internal mechanisms in relation to RPL, CAT and assessment.

The purpose of the CHE policy on RPL is to develop and facilitate implementation of RPL across the higher education sector and provides direction and guidelines for a dynamic and evolving system of RPL that will promote lifelong learning, while at the same time protect the quality and standards of qualifications and higher education institutions. Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) is critical to ensure that students are able to receive formal recognition and certification of a learning achievement. It allows for articulation across the sub-frameworks of the NQF and provide for the mobility of students and enhance their chances of successfully completing their qualifications. Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process and assessment procedures and policies should be credible, transparent, reflect academic integrity, and promote equity and fairness to all students in order to foster equality and social justice.


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