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New qualifications framework will be welcomed, says union

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Wellington, July 5 NZPA - The establishment of a unified qualifications framework will be welcomed by current and potential students, says the New Zealand Union of Students Associations (NZUSA).

Education Minister Steven Joyce said today the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) had replaced the Register of Quality Assured Qualifications and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Mr Joyce said it was the one of the most significant changes to New Zealand qualifications since the NQF was established in 1990.

It is the first change to flow from a review of qualifications carried out last year.

"The qualifications review was designed to cut back on the number of unused or duplicate qualifications and ensure they were more recognisable to potential students and employers," he said.

NZUSA co-president David Do said the new framework would make life easier for current and future students, especially at polytechnics.

"Previously, many students may have found it difficult to find the right course for their needs and aspirations, and to ensure that the skills and knowledge they learned were transferable to other employers, or even other regions."

Mr Do said the change would mean less confusion and duplication of qualifications, and improved recognition and transferability of qualifications.

Mr Joyce said the introduction of the NZQF would immediately see the number of current qualifications drop by about 15 percent, with the introduction of a new feature which assigns every qualification a status of current, expiring or discontinued.

The NZQF is also consulting on the detail of further changes which will start being implemented from October.

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