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Occupational Qualification: School Principal

SAQA ID Number: 101258
NQF Level: 6
Credits: 285
Registration Start Date: 2018-07-01
Registration End Date: 2023-06-30
Last Enrolment Date: 2024-06-30
Last Achievement Date: 2027-06-30
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a School Principal/Manager.

A School Principal/Manager A School Manager leads, plans, develops and manages developed systems for effective and efficient delivery of quality education by ensuring the implementation and support of a values-driven ethos for quality teaching and learning. 

A qualified learner will be able to: 

  • Lead and manage teaching and learning in a school. 
  • Plan and manage the resources of the school. 
  • Establish, lead and manage the relationship between and the impact of the internal and external community for the development of the school. 
  • Develop self and others through life-long learning to deliver quality teaching and learning.  

Learner attainment. There is growing evidence of school dysfunctionality which requires improved management and leadership as important for school reform. South Africa needs highly qualified principals who can create not only an environment for effective teaching and learning, but also who can promote the school in the community as an institution of learning excellence. 

Most existing school management and education development programmes are workshops, short courses, or qualifications based on academic achievement with very little opportunity for practice and almost no on-site learning. This qualification will provide an opportunity for learners to acquire work-based learning and enhanced professionalism. The latter is vital for school management and leadership resulting in improved teaching and learning to meet the current learning challenges in the ever-changing environment. 

The scope of this qualification is intended for current and aspiring principals. It also seeks to increase qualifying learners with employment prospects within the education sector at school, district, provincial and national levels. 

This qualification was developed with the full participation of major stakeholders; Department of Basic Education (DBE) (National and Provincial), Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Independent Schools, Unions, South African Council for Educators (SACE), South African Principals Association (SAPA), and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). 

Education is an essential component of economic development in the world and career success in a global society and depends on a relevant education. Therefore quality education and training is required for school principals to, firstly, close the gap between learners from diverse backgrounds and secondly, to empower learners who will play a meaningful and productive role in the ever-changing and demanding national and global society. 

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