24 February, 2020
AgriSETA launches its 5th Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) centre at Potchefstroom College of Agriculture
Thursday, 20 February 2020 - Agriseta
today launched its fifth Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Centre in
partnership with the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture.
RPL provides an alternative
access route into a learning programme when a candidate does not meet the
academic entry requirements for admission into an educational institution. This
applies to learning programmes that are obtainable by accredited institutions
(including adult education and training centres) or by workplace-based training
Zenzele Myeza, AgriSETA's Chief Executive Officer says, "AgriSETA, in
partnership with colleges of agriculture is creating an enabling environment to
enhance effective progression and articulation of RPL practices and services in
and across different learning and qualification pathways. In this regard, the organisation
is passionately driving the administrative and logistical systems and the staff
capacity to deliver quality RPL to scale".
This partnership program,
among other agricultural initiatives by AgriSETA addresses our president's
reference that "agriculture is one of the industries with the greatest potential for growth
and to transform the industry" [bit-urls.com/dUVy2].
The RPL process also directs
the likelihood for social transformation to allow access to all individuals
regardless of gender, race or disability. The program and associated funding by
AgriSETA of R1.3 million will benefit some 200 learners including and among
others, emerging and commercial farmers, and cooperatives who fit into the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) system,
levels 1 to 4. The NQF system records
the credits assigned to each level of learning achievement in a formal way to ensure
the recognition of skills and knowledge acquired on the job.
"To this end, we must accept
that "recognition of prior learning is a prerequisite and not a privilege" says
will further support the implementation of RPL annually and according to the
determination of the program.