‘A travesty’: Well-run parastatal has to slash staff by half to fund SAA bailout
Devastation as state favours SAA over vital entity. And to add insult, the retrenchments happened on Workers’ Day
A government entity responsible for verifying the authenticity of South African qualifications for employers is retrenching more than half of its staff because of budgetary constraints.
The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), which had 169 employees, confirmed on Tuesday that it will be retrenching a total of 88 employees, as its new staffing structure could only accommodate 81 posts.
SAQA has been described as one of the better functioning parastatals, with a history of clean audits. It falls under the department of higher education and its functions include overseeing the National Qualifications Framework; registering qualifications on the NQF; maintaining the national learners’ record database; and evaluating local and foreign qualifications. ..