As of my last update in September 2021, several key legislative policies related to post-school education and training were in place in South Africa. Please note that there might have been updates or changes to these policies since then. Here are some of the key policies:
1. National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act, 2008: The NQF Act establishes the National Qualifications Framework, which is a comprehensive system that ensures the quality of education and training in South Africa. It sets out the principles and guidelines for qualifications, allowing for the recognition of prior learning and facilitating lifelong learning opportunities.
2. Higher Education Act, 1997 (as amended): This act provides the framework for the governance, funding, and regulation of higher education institutions in South Africa. It establishes various bodies responsible for accreditation, quality assurance, and funding distribution.
3. Skills Development Act, 1998 (as amended): This legislation promotes skills development through various means, including the establishment of Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). SETAs are responsible for facilitating skills development and training initiatives in specific economic sectors.
4. Further Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006 (as amended): This act governs the establishment and functioning of Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, which offer vocational and occupational training to students who have completed their schooling.
5. National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Act, 1999 (as amended): This act establishes the NSFAS, which provides financial assistance to eligible students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access higher education and training opportunities.
6. South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Act, 1995 (as amended): The SAQA Act establishes the South African Qualifications Authority, which is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the NQF and ensuring the development, implementation, and management of qualifications across all education and training sectors.
7. Higher Education and Training Laws Amendment Act, 2012: This amendment act introduced significant changes to the higher education and training landscape, including the establishment of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a separate entity from the Department of Education.
8. Continuing Education and Training Act, 2006: This legislation governs the provision of continuing education and training programs in South Africa, which cater to adult learners who wish to enhance their skills and qualifications.
It is important to keep in mind that policies and legislation can change over time, and it is always best to refer to the latest official government sources for the most up-to-date information on post-school education and training in South Africa.