Circular 3/2003 Moratorium on approval of new Nursing Education Institutions (NEI’s) for the period 1 January 2003 to 30 June 2003

Circular 3/2003 Moratorium on approval of new Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) for the period 1 January 2003 to 30 June 2003

22 January 2003

To all:    Nursing Education Institutions
             Non-Training Institutions
             Stakeholders

 

Moratorium on Approval of New Nursing Education Institutions (NEI’s) with effect from 1 January 2003

 

The South African Nursing Council has been accredited as an Education and Training Assurance Body (ETQA) by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).

The Executive and Finance Committee has therefore, on 09 December 2002, resolved that:

Approval of new nursing education institutions (NEI’s) be suspended for a period of six months (01 January 2003 – 30 June 2003) to enable the Council to:
  1. Review its Quality Management System (QMS) and align it to SAQA requirements
  2. Conduct a situational analysis of the distribution of available NEI’s

This moratorium will apply to all applications received by the Council after 20 December 2002.

We wish to apologise for any inconvenience this temporary moratorium might cause.

Your co-operation in this regard is appreciated.

Please contact Dr Grace Ramadi at telephone (012) 420 1060/59 for any enquiries.

 

Signed
Hasina Subedar
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Circular 1/2003 Request for comments on draft Standards of Nursing Education – SGB

Circular 1/2003 Request for comments on draft Standards for Nursing Education – SGB

2003-01-10

To all:   Training Institutions
            Nursing Stakeholders

 

Comments on Draft Standards – SGB

 

The Nursing Standard Generating Body (SGB) has invited comments on draft standards which can be found on their web-site:

www.twr.ac.za/detail.cfm?WIP=1.4.10.12  (N.B. : This link no longer works)

All training institutions and stakeholders wishing to access drafts standards for comments via the Internet may do so at the above web-site address.  Institutions that do not have access to the Internet can contact their regional Department of Health or nearest nursing training institution to access a hard copy of the draft standards.

Comments on the draft standards should reach the office of the SGB by not later than 11 February 2003.

Please note that all comments should be directed to the following address and not to the South African Nursing Council:

Attention: F H J Venter
The Chairperson – Nursing SGB
Technikon Witwatersrand
Department of Nursing Science
P O Box 17011
Doornfontein
2028

 

Signed
Hasina Subedar
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Circular 2/2003 Distinguishing devices: increase in price of badges, bars and brooches AND the new order form

Circular 2/2003 Distinguishing devices: increase in price of badges, bars and brooches AND the new order form

2003-01-10

To all:    Nursing Education Institutions and Stakeholders

 

Distinguishing Devices: Increase in price of Badges, Bars and Brooches

 

A copy of the new application form for distinguishing devices, with the increased prices on badges, bars and brooches may be downloaded from the Council website.

The increased prices (and the new form) are effective from 1 January 2003.

Please bring this information to the attention of all those who may be affected by the increases.

Please destroy or dispose of all old forms in your possession.

Extra copies of the form are obtainable from the Council on request.  Please make telephonic arrangements beforehand if you require large quantities.

 

Signed
Hasina Subedar
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Circular 11/2002 Year end closure of Council

Circular 11/2002 Year end closing of Council

13 November 2002

To all Nursing Education Institutions and Stakeholders

NOTICE: Year End Closure of Council

Notice is hereby given that the South African Nursing Council offices will be closing during the following period:

Closing:    20 December 2002 at 15:00

Opening:    2 January     2003 at 08:00

 

Signed
Ms H Subedar
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Circular 10/2002 Revised fees for verifications, transcripts and confirmation letters

Circular 10/2002 Revised fees for verifications, transcripts and confirmation letters

19 August 2002

 

To all Training Institutions, Nursing Colleges, Technikons, Universities, Hospitals and Labour Organizations

Revision of fees for verifications, transcripts and confirmation letters

Council has approved at its meeting of 13 and 14 August 2002 to revise the following fees as stated below.  The revised fees are in accordance with the cost of processing these applications.

Verification fees will increase from R114,00 to R500,00.
Transcript fees will increase from R 100,00 to R500,00.
Confirmation letters will be charged for at a fee of R50,00 per letter.

(The above fees include VAT at 14%)

The implementation of this circular is with effect from 27 September 2002.

Kind regards

 

Signed
Ms H Subedar
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

 

Circular 8/2002 Instructions regarding registration of students/pupils for all examinations conducted by SANC

Circular 8/2002 Instructions regarding registration of students/pupils for all examinations conducted by SANC

19 August 2002

 

To All Nursing Schools

Registration of Students / Pupils for all Examinations Conducted by South African Nursing Council

All Nursing Education Institutions are hereby reminded to adhere to the following provisions for the writing of examinations as stipulated in Government Notice No. R.7 of 8 January 1993 as amended.

1.    PROCESS:

1.1    The submission of the original examination application form must be accompanied by a covering letter.  (Faxed applications will not be accepted.)

1.2    The application forms and fees must be submitted by the head of the Nursing Education Institution and not by the individual students (except for direct entries).

1.3    Payment must be made by cheque or postal order.  You are kindly requested not to use the South African Nursing Council’s bank account for examination fees.

2.    REQUIREMENTS:

You are expected to:

2.1    Adhere to the closing date for the submission of examination entry forms;

2.2    Remember that no submissions beyond the late entry closing date will be accepted; and

2.3    Submit the oral / practical sheet on or before the last day of the month in which the written examination takes place.

It has been noted that some nursing education institutions do not comply with the abovementioned requirements.

Your co-operation will be appreciated.

Yours faithfully

Signed
Ms H Subedar
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Circular 7/2002 Nurses who have been removed but paid the old Annual Fee before March 2002, have been exempted from paying the Restoration Fee – Details and conditions

Circular 7/2002 Nurses who have been removed but paid the old Annual Fee before 31 March 2002

23 July 2002

 

To ALL Stakeholders: Hospitals
  Labour Organisations
  Departments of Health: National; Provincial

The Executive Committee of the South African Nursing Council on 18 July 2002 resolved to exempt the payment of restoration fees for nurses that:

paid the old fee of R114,00 or R96,00 before 31 March 2002 but were liable for the increased annual fee because payment was made after 5 December 2001; and
were removed from the register/roll because they failed to pay the outstanding balance of the increased annual fee before the due date of 31 March 2002.

The above exemption only applies if the outstanding balance of fees is paid before 31 October 2002.

Please note that nurses to whom the above exemption applies, and who have already paid the restoration fee for 2002, will have the amount automatically credited towards the 2003 annual fee.

Kindly communicate the above resolution to the affected members of your organisation.

 

Signed
Hasina Subedar
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Circular 6/2002 Withdrawn see Circular 12/2003

Circular 6/2002 Withdrawn – see Circular 12/2003

21 May 2002


This circular has been withdrawn and replaced by circular 12/2003 (also available on this website).

2002-05-21

To all Nursing Education Institutions

Credits for Each Examination Paper Passed in the following Programmes:

Diploma for Registration as a Midwife – Government Notice No. R.254 of 14 February 1975 (as amended)
Diploma for Registration as a Psychiatric Nurse – Government Notice No. R.880 of 2 May 1975 (as amended)

The Council’s Executive Meeting of 24-25 April 2002 has resolved that:

Candidates for the abovementioned programmes retain credits for each examination paper passed
Candidates can therefore apply to rewrite only the paper which they have failed
The examination results will therefore show marks for the different papers written for these programmes.

Your co-operation in implementing this resolution and advising the candidates accordingly is highly appreciated.

 

Signed
Dr Grace Ramadi
for Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Circular 5/2002 Assessment of learning outcomes – a Paradigm Shift

Circular 5/2002 Assessment in learning outcomes – a Paradigm Shift

7 May 2002

To all Training Institutions, Nursing Colleges, Technikons, Universities and Stakeholders

Assessment of Learning Outcomes – A Paradigm Shift
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The Urgent Need to Train Assessors in Generic Assessor Standards

INTRODUCTION

Much is changing in the area of assessment in South Africa. The development in education around outcomes based education, a radical shift from the previous knowledge and input based systems is an indication that assessment and the role of the assessor has to change as well.

The following statement describes the desired change from the assessment practice in the past to the present ethos of assessment.

Learning is no longer something that is “done to” the learner, but something that the learner is actively involved in. As such the role of the ASSESSOR has changed from being a “gatekeeper” who uses assessment to prevent learners from developing further, to a SUPPORTIVE GUIDE who has the success of the learner at heart – so that the learner can gain access to further learning
(SAQA 2001 Criteria and guidelines for the Registration of Assessors – Page 7)

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) requires consistency of practice in relation to the assessment of National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Standards and Qualifications. For this reason generic assessment standards cutting across all the NQF fields have been developed. These generic assessor standards constitute the basic minimum requirement for all assessment leading to credits for standards or qualifications registered on the NQF. This therefore means that:

all assessors must meet the requirements of the generic assessor standards; and
subject specific assessors should meet criteria determined by the Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA) registering the assessors.

For SAQA all practitioners who will be responsible for the assessment of the achievement of learning outcomes leading to qualifications and standards registered on the NQF should within a period of 3 years (i.e. by May 2004) become certified assessors and registered constituent assessors for specified qualifications and/or standards.

(SAQA 2001 – Criteria and guidelines for the registration of assessors – Page 13)

The South African Nursing Council as an accredited ETQA has a responsibility of:

ensuring that existing assessors are registered as assessors for nursing qualifications and standards.

In order to meet the above deadline, providers are urged to train existing assessors in generic assessment standards.

It is recommended that by the end of year 2002 each provider have at least two certified assessors.

For more information on the issue of assessment you are advised to acquaint yourselves with the content of the following SAQA document:

CRITERIA AND GUIDELINES FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS
Documents are available on the internet at http://www.saqa.org.za
(N.B. : This document is no longer available)

For providers who have no access to the internet, contact the South African Nursing Council’s Communication Section, for attention:

Ms L Jele
Tel: (012) 420-1066
Fax: (012) 343-5400

Copies of the above documents will be posted to you on request.

A list of accredited providers for training in generic assessor standards can be found on the internet for your information.  These providers are accredited by the Education and Training Development Practices Sectoral Education and Training Authority (ETDP SETA) ( http://www.etdpseta.org.za )

By December 2002, all providers should submit names of certificated assessors in their employment.

From January 2003 assessment of candidates for Recognition of Prior Learning should be done by nurse educators who are certified assessors.

Kind regards

 

Signed
Grace Ramadi (Dr)
for Registrar and Chief Executive Officer