SQA NEWS

SQA milestone launching

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THE SAMOA QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY (SQA) launched three milestones in the development of Post School Education and Training (PSET) in Samoa. The first milestone is the Official Launching of the revised Samoa Qualifications Framework (SQF). The second milestone is the Official Launching of the Samoa Qualifications and National Competency Standards for 7 Trades Fields,and the third is the Official Launching of the SQA Corporate Plan 2013‐2015.The review of the SQF and the development of the National Competency Standards (NCS) and Samoa Qualifications for the Trades were conducted under the auspices of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Support Programme funded under the Samoa‐Australia Partnership for Development. The target outcome of the Programme is to achieve improved quality and economic relevance of TVET in Samoa, in order to achieve increased employability of Samoan women and men, including those with a disability, through quality assured post‐secondary training in areas of demand. In keeping abreast with recent developments in quality assurance systems including National Qualifications Frameworks of countries that Samoans migrate to for education and employment,the SQA reviewed the SQF to facilitate regional and international recognition of qualifications awarded in Samoa. The revised SQF provides a classification structure for all qualifications offered in Samoa. Its transparent classification makes it easier for employers, parents, and potential learners, to tell the difference between qualifications using knowledge, skills, processes and competencies. These are defined for qualifications at each level of the SQF. Qualifications registered on the SQF have the mark of ‘quality’ as they have met all requirements for registration. The SQA also in promoting economic relevancy of education and training in Samoa have also developed with the advice of the Trades Sector Advisory Group 18 Samoa Qualifications for 7 Trades fields. These are the fields of:

      1. Automotive Engineering,
      2. Carpentry
      3. Electrical Engineering
      4. Fitting & Machining
      5. Plumbing
      6. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and
      7. Welding
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The Samoa Certificates in these fields are based on NCS which were developed in consultation with stakeholders in these trades areas. The Samoa Certificates are registered on the SQF after meeting all requirements for registration on the SQF.The Launch marks the beginning of the journey for PSET providers in the application of the NCS in their training programmes, and offering these Samoa Certificates.The SQA Corporate Plan 2013 to 2015 sets out the SQA key priorities for implementation under five (5) Key Objectives over the next three (3) years which is SQA’s contributions in ensuring the achievement of ‘Improved Focus on Access to Education, Training and Learning Outcomes’, which is the government’s Key Outcome for the Education Sector as stipulated in the Strategy for the Development of Samoa for the next four years.

The Launch was held on Tuesday, 12th March 2013 at the To’oa Salamasina Hall, Sogi. Those invited included Cabinet, Opposition Party, Diplomatic Corps, PSET providers, Employer Groups, Professional Associations, Government Ministries and Corporations and all relevant stakeholders.

Elders Committee supports Registration

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THE CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF SAMOA (CCCS) Elders Committee has assured the SQA of their full support towards the registration of the Malua Bible School.
The Malua Bible School was established with a mission to deliver basic theological education and to promote a better understanding of the Bible for all people in the community.
The SQA in implementing one of its mandated functions; to regulate qualifications and quality standards for PSET, requested a meeting with the Elder’s Committee (Governing Body) of the Malua Bible School and the Malua Theological Colleges.
The meeting aimed to introduce the Governing Body to SQA’s quality assurance functions as well as quality assurance systems, processes, policies and procedures with the expectation that this meeting will establish a way forward for quality assuring both respective institutions and its activities.
The ACEO for the Quality Assurance Division, Kovi Fonoti‐Aiolupotea provided background information on SQA’s establishment, mandated functions, scope of Post School Education and Training (PSET) and also its goals for information of the participants.
As the authorized Quality Assurance Agency for PSET Providers in Samoa, the following key mechanisms already in place to assist with promoting quality of Post School Education and Training were explained to participants.........

      Quality Standard
      Quality Assurance policies and procedures
      Guidelines for Provider Registration, Programme Accreditation, Quality Audit
      The Samoa Qualifications Framework
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She reiterated that it is imperative for PSET Providers to address and comply with all prescribed criteria. Lastly, participants were informed of the benefits of SQA recognition. The Elder’s Committee Chairman on behalf of the Committee welcomed SQA’s work and assured their full support in working together with SQA. The Committee will discuss matters raised pertaining to the registration of the two institutions and inform SQA accordingly. The Committee also requested time to further peruse and be familiarize with the documentation before progressing with the most appropriate and effective action to ensure successful completion of registration for Malua Bible School.

SQA releases PSET Statistical Bulletin 2012

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THE SAMOA QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY through its Research, Policy and Planning Division has completed and released the third Statistical Bulletin produced for Post School Education and Training (PSET) in Samoa. The purpose of the PSET Statistical Bulletin is to provide basic statistical information on PSET Formal Providers in Samoa. The Bulletin provides statistical information on PSET enrolments, graduates, dropouts, lecturers and trainers, national statistics and study programmes. The main source of the data contained herein is the Annual PSET Survey conducted during July – August 2012 to gather PSET Performance Data for the Academic Year 2011. Twenty of the twenty four Formal PSET Providers operating in 2012 responded to the PSET Survey. SQA would like to thank all the PSET Formal Providers who participated in our third Annual PSET Survey conducted in 2012. Your support has enabled our Research, Policy and Planning Division to put together the PSET Statistical Bulletin 2013 which contains PSET Formal Providers performance data for the academic years 2007‐2011. Copies of the Bulletin have been distributed to all Ministries, Government Corporations, NGOs, Development Partners, Non Formal Education Providers and all PSET Formal Providers in Samoa. E‐copy of the PSET Bulletin 2012 is also available on the ‘publications’ page of our website for downloading.

Generic Skills for NCS development finalized

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THE SAMOA QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY (SQA) conducted Stakeholder Consultations to finalise the list of Generic Skills prioritised for development of National Competency Standards (NCS) to be applied in Post School Education and Training (PSET)programmes in Samoa.
The list of Generic Skills discussed at this workshop was compiled following a needs analysis survey and series of small group workshops on the need for establishment of NCS for Generic Skills as benchmarks for training and assessment in PSET.
NationalCompentencyStandards The needs analysis survey confirmed that Generic Skills needs to be included in PSET programmes as there are fundamental skills that students must learn to enable them to find employment and sustain their livelihood.
Generic skills are transferable skills needed for employment and life or skills that can be used in various work settings, examples include customer service skills, computer skills and communications skills.The SQA will work collaboratively with government organisations, non‐government organisations, professional associations and the private sector in the development of NCS for Generic Skills, and is advised by a Generic Skills Sector Advisory Group throughout this activity.The targeted outcome of this initiative is to enhance the relevance of PSET to Samoa’s skills development needs, thereby improving individual chances for employment and sustainable livelihoods.

Stakeholders validates additional NCS for trades

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THE SAMOA QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY (SQA) visited and conducted consultations on validation of additional draft Samoa Qualifications (SQ) and National Competency Standards (NCS) for trades occupations with its stakeholders from Monday, 21st January to Friday 1st February 2013.
The additional SQs and NCS were developed following recommendations from the Trades Sector Advisory Group (TSAG). One of the SQs that was validated was the Samoa Certificate Level 1 Foundation Trades Skills. The Samoa Certificate Level I Foundation Trades Skills was developed to address the following concerns from stakeholders and the TSAG that trainees need to know the basics prior to learning some of the skills included in the Levels II, III and IV Samoa Qualifications. This Samoa Certificate Level 1 Foundation Trades Skills is also important as TVET providers, other than NUS, cater for early dropouts students, and therefore need standards at a basic level for their training programmes.
strongerrelation1 In addition, SQA developed Levels II for Carpentry and Welding and Levels III for Plumbing as recommended by the TSAG. This is reasonable as it achieves its mandated function of looking at all possible avenues to facilitate more learning options and expanded learning pathways for learners, facilitate smooth links between providers of Trades SQs and create more options for PSET providers who want to offer an SQ.
The development of additional draft SQs and NCS for the specified Trades has been carried out under the auspices of the Samoa‐Australia Partnership for Development, under the TVET Strengthening Programme for the Education Sector. This activity was undertaken by an international consultation working with the SQA Qualifications team and the Trades Sector Advisory Group.
Those selected for the validation consultations were trades related PSET providers, government ministries and corporations, professional bodies and associations, private sector and nongovernmental organisations.

SQA profiles agreements with implications on PSET

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THE SAMOA QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY (SQA) in meeting Goal 9 of the Post School Education and Training (PSET) Strategic Plan 2008‐2016, has analyzed two regional agreements and produced profiles that highlight PSET implications, as well as the priorities and strategies for implementation by SQA to achieve the requirements and components of these agreements.
Goal 9 which is the Implications of Regional and International Agreements for Post School Education and Training are understood, focuses on improving information and communication of the involvement of Samoa in international and regional agreements to support decision making on PSET implications.

PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES TRADE AGREEMENT The Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) was signed by the Forum Trade Ministers in Nauru in 2001 and entered into force in 2003. It is a free trade agreement for 14 Forum Island Countries (FICs) that excludes Australia and New Zealand.
The agreement has been extended to Trades in Services to liberalize services among FICs with the establishment of the PICTA Protocol on Trades in Services. Under this protocol arose a scheme called the Temporary Movement of Natural Persons (TMNP) which is aimed at allowing recognized professionals to move freely amongst FICs, and semi‐skilled/trades professionals would be subject to a quota mechanism. The scheme is yet to be implemented.
The movement of people among FICs under this TMNP scheme requires that the priorities and strategies of the SQA, as a national qualifications agency, to focus on having internationally comparable standards for the Authority itself; the Samoa Qualifications Framework (SQF); and the Authority’s qualifications recognition services to cater for individuals who will be moving in and out of Samoa through the scheme. It also requires SQA to ensure that PSET in Samoa is of high quality and that it produces graduates with relevant skills who will be eligible under the TMNP.

PACIFIC EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK 2009‐2015
The Pacific Education Development Framework (PEDF) 2009‐2015 was endorsed by the Forum Education Ministers in 2009 to replace the Forum Basic Education Action Plan (FBEAP) which was the key Pacific Education planning and coordination document since 2001.
TVET 1 The PEDF is a regional framework to guide further development in Pacific Education and to inform donor funding of education in the region and to guide education work at the national level. There are 6 components of PEDF, and those that have SQA and/or PSET implications include: Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Non Formation Education (NFE), Teacher Development, and Systems ‐ Governance and Administration.
From the 8 PEDF cross‐cutting themes, ‘language and culture’ and ‘youth’ were found to have SQA and/or PSET implications.
SQA’s priorities and strategies identified for addressing the requirements of the four components of PEDF includes the mobilization of resources and diversification of financing for TVET; the improvement and strengthening of NFE through partnerships and capacity building of staff; development and improvement of PSET lecturers’ and trainers’ capacities through professional standards and training; strengthening of PSET sub‐sector planning, policy development, planning, monitoring and evaluation; development and improvement of education management information systems; and encouraging the participation of non government partners.
The priorities and strategies for the two cross cutting themes includes the promotion and inclusion of culture and values in PSET, as well as meeting education needs of young people through flexible learning pathways, recognition of education achievements, TVET and NFE opportunities, as well as counseling through the SQA’s careers advisory service.
More information on the PICTA and PEDF profiles can be obtained from the SQA Research, Policy and Planning Division by contacting, Christina Tauā at christina.taua@sqa.gov.ws or telephone (0685)20976.

Status of Provider Registration

Are you thinking of providing formal post school education and training (PSET) in Samoa ?
Are you currently providing formal PSET in Samoa ?
Under the law (SQA Act 2010) all formal PSET Providers (intended and current) must register with the SQA and pay registration fee


The SQA Board has approved Initial Registration for the following Providers;

      1. National University of Samoa (NUS)
      2. Uesiliana Technical and Vocational Centre

The SQA Board has approved Annual Registration Renewal 2012 applications for the following Providers:

      1. Australia‐Pacific Technical Centre
      2. Don Bosco Technical Centre
      3. Laumua o Punaoa Technical and Vocational Centre)
      4. Oceania University of Medicine, Samoa
      5. Rhema Bible Training Centre
      6. South Pacific Nazarene Theological College
      7. Tesese Institute of Administrative Studies
      8. Harvest Bible College

The following Providers are encouraged to Register with SQA

      1. June Ryan School of Music
      2. Pacific International Unitech
      3. Piula Theological College
      4. Le Amosa Iunivesite o Savavau
      5. Youth with a Mission
      6. Malua Theological College
      7. Moamoa Theological College
      8. Ierusalema Fou Bible College
      9. University of the South Pacific (USP) – School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT)
      10. Samoa Institute of Secretaries and Administrators

The following Providers applications for ARR are in the Preliminary Evaluation process:

      1. Leulumoega Fou School of Fine Arts
      2. Vailima Fou Theological College

The following Provider Initial Registration was unsuccessful and is encouraged to reapply:

      1. Apia Institute of Technology

Benefits of Registration:

      1. Indicates that it operates on quality systems and processes
      2. Indicates that the organisation has the capability to provide quality PSET and can set itself up as a legitimate Provider in Samoa
      3. It is the first step to Programme Accreditation resulting in the registration of their qualifications on the SQF and assisting their being recognised internationally

The SQA Act 2010 Part VI, Section 20,Sub‐section 3 stipulates that “any provider that fails to register …commits an offence and shall be liable to a fine not exceeding 1,000 penalty units upon conviction, and 100 penalty units for each day that the offence continues.”

Careers * Advisory * Service

Interested in a Career as an Accountant or in Banking/Finance ?


Qualification Post School Education & Training Provider Entry Requirements
Foundation Certificate Commerce National University of Samoa PSSC aggregate 4 – 15 total for English & best three subjects
Diploma in Accounting National University of Samoa Foundation Certificate (Commerce)or any of the Foundation Certificate or equivalent; OR post secondary study at a tertiary institution; OR mature entrant (20 years of age, 2 years work experience and/or training)
Diploma in Banking & Finance National University of Samoa Foundation Certificate (Commerce)or any of the Foundation Certificate or equivalent; OR post secondary study at a tertiary institution; OR mature entrant (20 years of age, 2 years work experience and/or training)

What about a Career as Electrical Engineer ?


Qualification Post School Education & Training Provider Entry Requirements
Certificate in Electrical Engineering Laumua o Punaoa Technical Centre 15+ years old & Completed Yr 11
Certificate in Electrical Engineering Uesiliana Technical & Vocational Centre 15+ years old & Completed Yr 11
Intermediate Certificate in Electrical Engineering National University of Samoa Minimum grade of 4 per course in SC English, Math, Science; OR Minimum grade of 5 per course in PSSC English & Math

Please Note: The above provider qualifications are currently being offered by the provider but programmes are yet to be accredited and qualifications are yet to be registered on the Samoa Qualifications Framework (SQF)

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Refresher Training on Terms and Conditions of Employment

The Corporate Services Division conducted a training to refresh the understanding of the SQA staff on its Terms and Conditions of Employment.SQA Training This was an important session as it provided an opportunity for the Staff to ask questions and raise issues regarding this policy. Nevertheless their feedback to the policy was recorded to be used in the next review of the Terms and Conditions of Employment.

NEW STAFF

SQA welcomes on board new staff members;

      Savea Fiti Tausisi – Senior Quality Assurance Officer
      Lagaata Gase –Senior Quality Assurance Officer

PROMOTIONS

SQA congratulates Faanimo Matau in her new position as Senior Qualifications Officer.Farewell Filimoni

ACEO REAPPOINTMENT

SQA also congratulates Tea Tepora Afamasaga Wright with her re‐appointment as the ACEO Qualification Services Division

DEPARTURES

SQA thanked and farewell Filimoni Pelenato, IT Officer who has left SQA for an appointment with the Audit Office.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

SQA congratulates the following Staff members upon successful completion of studies:

      Melesete Lino‐Mariner- Masters of Leadership and Management in Education – Newcastle University
      Merina Gaee ‐ Online Graduate Certificate on Quality Assurance‐ Melbourne University – LH Martin Institute
      Epenesa Seiuli –Bachelor of Commerce ‐ NUS

SQA also congratulates Savea Fiti Tausisi who resigned from SQA to do postgraduate studies has successfully completed his Masters of Education – USP Suva

Hinauri Petana leads SQA

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HINAURI PETANA is the new Chairperson for the SQA Board of Directors A former CEO of the Ministry of Finance, Hinauri brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in leadership that can benefit SQA and the development of the PSET sector. Her position as the new Chairperson officially started with the first SQA Board Meeting in January 2012. SQA welcomes their new Board Chairperson and wishes her all the best in her new position. SQA also welcomes new Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Jennifer Ula- Fruean who takes over membership from Lemalu Sina Retzlaff. SQA Board, CEO and staff also takes this avenue to express sincere ‘faafetai tele and faamalo’ to Lemalu for her services and contributions to SQA since its early developments. Lemalu was one of the original Directors of the SQA Board when SQA was officially established under the SQA Act 2006. She was an active and vocal member of the Board always sharing her knowledge and ideas to ensure SQA moves forward with its strategic goals. She was the Chairperson of the SQA Board Audit and Financial Sub Committee, a member of the Screening and Recruitment of Consultants Committee and was also a member of the Contracts Committee. SQA wishes her all the best.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority visits SQA

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A visit from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to initiate planning of a partnership project enfolds benefits for SQA. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs had approved NZQA’s application for funding under its State Sector Development Partnership Fund. The NZQA team as the main purpose of their visit conducted a needs analysis to determine the requirements for training and other work related developments. NZQA representatives Fa’amatuainu Aaron Nonoa and Peter Peilua throughout their weeklong visit held meetings with SQA executive management team, AusAid, NZAid and Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC). The meetings with the SQA discussed, confirmed and reviewed the Project and its objectives. strongerrelation1Their meetings ensured that both SQA and NZQA have a shared understanding of the proposed project and to engage jointly in the planning process. The visit provided time for the NZQA officers and the SQA management team to develop and agree on a Memorandum of Cooperation. SQA and NZQA share similar missions and institutional objectives in the management of qualification frameworks and the enhancement of quality assurance in tertiary education in New Zealand and post school education and training (PSET) in Samoa. They have a common interest in the development and promotion of good practices.

Stakeholders Review the Samoa Qualification Framework

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SQA brought together its partners and stakeholders at all levels, to discuss and review the Samoa Qualifications Framework (SQF). The Consultation held in February this year, was the opportunity for the stakeholders to contribute to the review of the SQF, its level descriptors, policies and processes and the characteristics of qualifications at each SQF level. The SQF is a classification structure indicating the levels and types of quality assured qualifications. It is being reviewed in order to further facilitate national and international recognition of quality assured qualifications in Samoa. The review is funded under the Samoa-Australia Partnership for Development . SQA worked with Consultant David Kay to achieve this important activity. The participants were also trained to be able to place or level qualifications on the SQF. CEO Fepuleai Sinapi Moli acknowledged the contribution and support of participants from PSET Providers, ministries and corporations, non-government and private sector organizations and professional associations as their feedback was important to ensure the SQF was relevant and appropriate for Samoa.

Writing National Competency Standard

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IN the process of developing National Competency Standards (NCS), SQA with Consultant Lynn Stanton hosted a four day NCS Writer Training earlier in February this year. The training brought in representatives from the occupational trades of motor/automotive mechanic, electrical, fitting and machining, plumbing, carpentry and joinery, welding and fabrication, refrigeration and air conditioning Following the training SQA began working with the selected trades representatives on writing draft NCS for the seven trades. NCS are the set descriptions of skills and knowledge required for effective performance in the workplace.  NCS must be approved by the relevant industry before being applied within qualifications and programmes of education and training that prepare individuals for work in a specific industry or sector. NCS that have been developed in close consultation with and validated by industry stakeholders are important to ensure consistency and relevance of PSET programmes and training to the needs of the industry and development goals of our country, SQA worked closely with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and labour, representatives of TVET providers, NGO’s, Chamber of Commerce ,Professional Associations, relevant government organizations, SQA Trades NationalCompentencyStandardsSector Advisory Group in carrying out this task.

 

The development of NCS is being supported under the TVET Strengthening Programme, as one of the activities within the Education component of the Samoa-Australia Partnership for Development. The development of NCS is in accordance with one of SQA’s functions stipulated in its SQA Act 2010 Part II (3) Function (h), where SQA must ‘work with national stakeholder groups to ensure standards and training requirements are established in particular for trade, technician and professional occupations;

A Simple NFL Guideline

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A Revised Guidelines for the Recognition of Non Formal Learning (RNFL) in Samoa was presented and discussed in a two-day (March 20-21) Consultation coordinated by the Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA). The Consultation brought together Government ministries, professional associations, NGO’s and PSET Providers who support, facilitate and provide Non Formal Learning (NFL), to comment and recommend areas to improve the Revised Guidelines. Training was also conducted in the second day on how to implement the guideline. A Glossary included in the Revised Guidelines, defines NFL “as the learning outcomes or results of learning through non formal education and training provision.” It also defines Non Formal Education (NFE) “as all education and training services carried out by organizations or individuals providers (including workplaces) that are organized but are short term and may not necessarily lead to a qualification. These normally take place outside of formal education and training institutions.” Review of the guidelines was made possible through funding from the Australian Government under the Samoa-Australia partnership for development. A team of local consultants assisted to review the guideline and facilitate the consultation and training. The Guidelines has been revised, simplified and reduced so that it is easy to understand and to be implemented by organizations or individuals offering NFL. The Guideline details the processes, standards and criteria that need to be met, to enable any provider of NFL to be listed with SQA and ensure its NFL activities are recognized.

The processes for the recognition of NFL are designed to help enhance the quality of NFL activities and to ensure that these learning activities meet the needs of the community and learners. Chief Executive Fepulea’i Sinapi Mōlī noted in her opening address that one of the benefits of implementing the Guidelines is that it provides confidence to the community and related stakeholders that the training services provided have met relevant quality assurance criteria. She added that it also ensures that the learning outcomes are consistent with the expectations of the community and learners. She further elaborated on the benefits of recognition of NFL which included – increased access to further education and training, provision of learning pathways, better opportunities for the learners for further studies or employment, increased participation rates in PSET, meeting needs of community and promoting lifelong learning. Furthermore, CEO Fepulea’i Sinapi Mōlī spoke that the need to recognize or give credit to all forms of learning achievements [prior/existing] was something that Samoa could no longer afford. She stated that we needed to recognize all the knowledge and skills that we have in Samoa to help build our nation. It offers the potential for fuller utilization of the resources to build our society and our economy.

Regional TVET Framework Discussed

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The Samoa Qualifications Authority met with its stakeholders to discuss the Draft Regional Framework for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), on Wednesday 8th February 2012 at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Building, Level 1. This Draft Regional Framework for TVET was discussed by member countries that were represented at the Pacific Regional TVET & Non Formal Education (NFE) Symposium in Fiji, in December 2011. The Symposium was jointly coordinated by the University of the South and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Samoa was represented by the CEO of SQA and the Dean of Faculty of Science, of the National University of Samoa.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), also known as Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC), is the assessment of an individual’s learning achievements (knowledge, skills and competencies) that took place outside the context of formal education and training to verify that an individual has achieved the learning outcomes specified in a qualification and/or qualification components. The benefits of a Post-School Education and Training (PSET) system that incorporates RPL are:

 

• Learners see the value of lifelong learning encouraging them to engage in further education and training opportunities

• There is opportunity for learners to have their non-formal and informal learning recognized and counted towards a qualification recognized and counted towards a qualification

• Opportunities are opened up for learners to pursue further study and employment when prior learning is recognized

•Barriers to education and training opportunities expressed in entry requirements are reduced for learners with evidence of prior learning

• Increased participation rates in PSET Institutions For more information, contact our Office, or see the “Guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning” at www.sqa.gov.ws

SQA ready to release 2nd PSET Statistical Bulletin

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SQA Board in March this year has approved the 2nd PSET Statistical Bulletin. This new Bulletin contains statistical information about the PSET Providers in Samoa. It provides numerical accounts of PSET Providers in terms of student enrollments, graduates and dropouts.

 

It also contains information on teachers and teachers qualifications as well as National Statistics. It provides information on the type of programmes and field of studies that are offered by the PSET Providers in Samoa. For your copy contact : terenia.simanu@sqa.gov.ws (20976)

Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

SQA conducts assessments to establish the authenticity of a foreign qualification within the country of award, and to determine its comparable level on the Samoa Qualifications Framework. For EMPLOYERS, SQA can verify qualifications possessed by your potential or current employees. For PROVIDERS, SQA can verify qualifications possessed by your current or potential students, teachers and lecturers. For GOVERNMENT BODIES, SQA can assist to verify qualifications of individuals seeking to work or study in Samoa. For LEARNERS and JOBSEEKERS, SQA can verify that your qualifications are officially recognized based on the information from awarding provider, country and qualification framework. For more information and for Application Forms, please visit our website (www.sqa.gov.ws). You can also contact or visit our Office, and ask for the ‘Qualifications Division’. Let us help you verify your Foreign Qualifications!!

SQA signs MoA with Methodist PSET Providers

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SQA Chief Executive Officer Fepulea’i Sinapi Mōlī and Director for the Methodist Board of Education, Logopati Mataafa signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) in September this year. This MoA establishes strong working relationships between SQA and the Laumua o Punaoa Technical Centre in Faleula and the Uesiliana Technical Centre in Satupaitea in Savaii. The two Centres offer courses in the areas of welding, electrical, fine art, automotive, plumbing, carpentry and joinery, textile and garment construction, food technology as well as computer studies. The MoA is identified in the PSET Strategic Plan 2008-2016 as one of the mechanisms that will enable more collaboration and dialogue for the development of the PSET sub sector. SQA since 2009 has now signed ten MOA’s with eleven Registered Providers. The MoA outlines measures and areas where SQA and the PSET Providers are expected to collaborate and work together in order to achieve quality and excellence in post school education and training in Samoa.

SQA Attends Regional Workshop on Quality Assurrance

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SQA was represented by Mrs Merina Gaee-Afoa at a Pacific Capacity Building Workshop on Quality Assurance held at the Tanoa Hotel, Nadi from the 9th 11th, 2011. The purpose of the regional workshop was to build capacity in administration of quality assurance processes, promote good practice and qualification recognition between countries in the region. Participants discussed issues and explored collaborative solutions.

lso they examined various options for regional collaboration and cooperation, evaluated their own quality management systems against international practices and determined criterias for and implications of mutual recognition of qualifications. The workshop concluded with a general agreement that there is a need for a Regional or Pacific Quality Assurance Framework. The framework will benchmark the implementation and coordination of quality assurance systems, processes and activities at the regional level.

SQA on PRQS

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THE QUALITY ASSURANCE DIVISION hosted Mrs Selai Qereqeretabua from the South Pacific Board of Education and Assessment (SPBEA) in Fiji on the 20th – 22nd of September 2011. The focus of the visit was to provide external agencies such as SQA with information on the Pacific Register of Qualifications and Standards (PRQS) Pilot which is currently coordinated by SPBEA. The PRQS is the regional register of; quality assured qualifications, Pacific traditional knowledge and indigenous skills, professional licensing and occupational standards, and regional benchmarks for literacy, numeracy and life skills for basic education. The PRQS was borne out of the Ministers for Education of Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) meeting in Auckland in 2001 where they agreed: ‘to consider the setting up of a regional qualifications framework covering basic, primary, secondary, TVET and tertiary education, benchmarked against appropriate international standards and qualifications’. In the course of discussions from 2001 to 2007, the Ministers confirmed that: • A Pacific Qualifications Register (PQR) is developed as a first step towards a Pacific Qualifications Framework (2004); The SPBEA is coordinating the development of the PRQS. QA Division wishes to thank Mrs Selai for her valuable contribution and wishes her and the SPBEA agency all the best with the work ahead.

SQA Reviews Corporate Plan 2011-2014

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The SQA staff held its Annual Corporate Plan Review for two half days on Wednesday 02 to Thursday 03, November 2011 at the Research, Policy and Planning Division’s (RPPD) room at Malifa. The main objective to review the Corporate Plan 2011-2014 in preparation for a new Corporate Plan in line with the requirements of Public Bodies (Performance and Accountability) Act 2011. This Act requires the SQA to produce a rolling Corporate Plan every financial year with a timeframe of three years. Annual reviews are thus required to be carried out to ensure the alignment of activities and to keep track of the implementation of yearly planned activities. The planning and facilitation of the review was coordinated and carried out by the Research, Policy and Planning Division (RPPD).

Board Endorses NCS for TKS

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In accordance with its Strategic Goals, the SQA has been working on the development of National Competency Standards (NCS) for the Traditional Knowledge and Skills (TKS) Sector. The 2010 Needs Analysis Research for the TKS Sector identified several fields of knowledge/skill within the TKS Sector. Early in 2011, the SQA together with the TKS Sector Advisory Group made the decision to proceed with development of NCS for 3 fields within the TKS Sector: the weaving or making of the ‘Ie Samoa, the weaving of Fala Eseese, and the making of Siapo. The SQA worked together with a Standards Development Panel made up of 3 individuals chosen through a competitive selection process to develop NCS for the 3 TKS fields. The Draft NCS were validated through a stakeholder validation workshop with matua’u’u of Upolu and Savaii before being presented to the TKS Sector Advisory Group and the SQA Board for approval. The SQA Board approved the submission, resulting in the first NCS for Traditional Knowledge and Skills in Samoa.

SQA Hosts Career Advisory Consultation

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In early November this year, the SQA hosted the Career Advisory Services Consultation inviting more than 100 representatives from all government ministries, NGO’s, and the private sector. The Consultation was important as an avenue for them to give their feedback and input on what a Career Advisory Service for Samoa should look like. This Consultation forms part of a Situational Analysis to inform the establishment and planning of the SQA Careers Advisory Service. The participants were asked to give their feedback on four questions: 1. What are your suggestions for a Careers Advisory Services for Samoa? - Scope (for whom) - Types of services/information provided (What and how) 2. Does your organization provide CAS? If yes, when and how? Any issues or constraints? 3. What information about your organization would you want to be conveyed through the CAS for potential job-seekers? 4. How would your organization support or link into the SQA CAS? Suggestions for collecting and updating career advisory information? 5. Any other comments regarding National CAS? The report of the above consultation will help SQA plan the implementation of its career advisory service. The Consultation was coordinated jointly by the Research, Policy and Planning Division and the Qualifications Division.

Career Advisory on the Road

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The Research, Policy & Planning Division and Qualifications Division took to the road late this quarter to seek students’ views of careers advice and career guidance needs of secondary school students. These student group interviews are part of a Situational Analysis that will inform the planning and implementation of the SQA Careers Advisory Service. The teams visited secondary schools and colleges in Savaii and Upolu. In these interviews students were asked questions such as ‘what is your understanding of Career and Career Advisory Services? It was interesting to note that most of these students already understand the term ‘career’. In fact their response showed that at their current level of education, they have chosen subjects relevant to careers they have in mind for their future. It was also interesting that most of the interviewees were prepared to pursue careers as lawyers, bankers, teachers and doctors. Most, if not all, students agreed that a national Careers Advisory Service was needed to provide advice on careers and pathways for students when they leave secondary school.

Training potential accreditation panel members

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SQA conducted a two day training on 5th – 6th December on conducting programme accreditation for potential panel members. Almost 30 potential panel members from different professional areas discussed, shared ideas and concerns about accreditation of programmes offered at the PSET level.

The main objective of the training is to develop understanding of the Policies, Procedures and Guidelines for Programme Accreditation with the expectation that by the end of the training the participants will:

• be familiar with the elements of the Quality Assurance Standard

• be familiar with the Programme Accreditation Process

• be able to identify Programme Accreditation requirements

• be able to conduct a preliminary evaluation of a Programme Accreditati• be confident to participate in Programme Accreditation.

 The training was officially opened by the Chief Executive Officer Fepuleai Sinapi Moli. Afioga Fepuleai emphasized the importance of the panels work in assessing PSET programmes to determine whether or not the quality standards are being met. The intensity of the work involved and the commitment required of panel members were also stressed. Professional areas represented at this Training included Theology and Religious Instructions, Administrative and Secretarial, Tourism, Information Technology, Music, Electrical Engineering and, Culture and Tradition of Samoa.

SQA meet with Victoria University Officials

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SQA hosted a brief meeting with officials from the Victoria University later in the year 2011.

 

SQA was fortunate to have time to meet with these officials and discussed areas where the University and SQA can work together.

 

One of the issues of interest in this discussion is opportunities for SQA staff and PSET staff to pursue further studies with Victoria University.

Training on National Competency Standards

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SQA has completed the first two days, of a four days training on writing National Competency Standards (NCS) which started on Monday 31st until Friday 3rd of February, 2012. The training is conducted by Lynn Stanton of Framework Solutions Limited in New Zealand. He is one of the eight Consultants recruited under the Samoa - Australia Partnership for Development Support to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Samoa, being coordinated by SQA. Mr Stanton will be providing technical assistance in the development and application of National Competency Standards (NCS) for, Motor/Automotive Mechanic, Electrical, Fitting & Machining, Plumbing, Carpentry & Joinery, Welding & Fabrication, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning.

The training has invited representatives from these trade occupations with the aim that they will develop, write and review internationally comparable NCS for each trade. NCS are a description of outcomes of skills, knowledge and understanding. NCS are standards to which outcomes have to be performed for credit to be awarded. NCS are assessed by methods suitable for what is being assessed. NCS are able to be flexibly assessed to meet workplace, training provider and trainee needs.

SQA Ends Year with Annual Strategic Planning Seminar

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The SQA held its Annual Strategic Planning (ASP) Seminar on the 8th – 9th December 2011 at the Le Uaina Seaside Resort located at Falepuna. Conducting the Annual Seminar is one of the requirements in SQA’s Research, Strategic Policy & Development Projects (RSPDP) Framework which is the guiding document for conducting and monitoring research, strategic policies and development projects developed and implemented by SQA. The Research Policy and Planning Division (RPPD) and the newly established SQA Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) chaired by the Assistant Chief Executive Officer (ACEO) RPPD coordinated the planning of the Seminar.

The SQA SPC is comprised of Principal Officers from all Divisions of SQA. The Seminar’s facilitation was carried out by the RPPD. As set out in the RSPDP Framework, the main objectives of the ASP Seminar are to review SQA Strategic Plans and to identify and prioritise areas for Research, Strategic Policies and Development Projects for the next financial year. In addition to the main objectives, recent developments such as the development of the new Strategy for the Development of Samoa (SDS) 2012-2016, establishment of an Education Sector Plan, new changes to the Budget Performance Framework by the Ministry of Finance, and identification of Divisional activities for the new Annual Management Plan (AMP), were part of this year’s Seminar Programme. At the end of the Seminar, the following outcomes were noted: - Approval of the Annual Corporate Plan Review Report - Identification and approval of areas for research and strategic policies - Identification of outputs for the Performance Framework and Corporate Plan 2012-2015; and - Identification of activities for the SQA Education Sector Plan input.

SQA BLOCK - SQA Sisters wins Best Uniform

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SQA Sisters won the best uniform for the WinLA netball tournament that started late October and concluded early November last year 2011.

This netball tournament was for all women working in government ministries and corporations headed by women.

It was an activity to ensure health and fitness but most importantly to get to know each other and have fun.

The SQA Sisters netball team played 7 games, won 4 and lost 3.

Overall the team made the fourth place with the Ministry of Health taking the overall winner for this year’s tournament.

SQA loses a strong leader

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“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” Those are the words of Lebanese‐ American political activitist Ralph Nader in one of his famous quotes on leadership. Those words are truthful to describe the calibre of the late Lolofie Dr Eti Enosa. Lolofie was selected Chairman of the SQA Board in 2008. He held the chairmanship for three years. He embraced his duties and commitment as a leader of SQA with a positive mindset. He possessed the determination to drive SQA to achieve its mandated goals. He was very supportive of not only SQA programmes, but of its staff members as well. He was never a hard person to approach. But sadly on the 31st of July this year, our Heavenly Father called on him..

However, SQA welcomes a new leadership for the SQA Board. The Cabinet has selected Safuneituuga Paaga Neri Fepulea’i as the new Chairperson. Safuneituuga takes on the leadership with a dynamic background in education and politics. The SQA Board is comprised of nine members including CEOs of SQA, Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Ministry of Women , Community and Social Development and representatives from National University of Samoa, Samoa Association of Manufacturers Exporters, Chamber of Commerce and Non Government Schools and Institutions

50 years in the art of weaving

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SHE was only 12 years old when her mother introduced her to one duty every Samoan woman must sustain for its value in our traditional households. Mats are used for flooring and beddings. They are woven from the pandanus and locally called ‘laui’e’, ‘laufala mao’i’ or ‘laupaogo’. Polima Muna’s passion of weaving mats now becomes a career at 62 years of her life. She is one of the three Consultants chosen from thorough selection to work and assist SQA in their commitment towards the recognition of traditional knowledge and skills (TKS). Polima is humbled by the opportunity and her role as a Consultant. For her, it means her knowledge and skills in weaving mats are her contribution to strengthen this role of women and revive a tradition. She says, ‘it’s sad that we are using import mats, carpets and even mattresses”. For that, we have neglected our own products and our own culture, she added. There are about 10 different mats and Polima is an expert in weaving these different mats. SQA has already started with consultations on the different traditional mats, siapo and the finemat (Ie Samoa).

Regional quality assuring agencies reinforces networking

The Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA) hosted a Study Visit from the Tonga National Qualifications and Accreditation Board (TNQAB) in August this year.

Chief Executive Officer of TNQAB Dr ‘Uhila‐Moe‐ Langi Fasi with the Principal Qualifications Officer – Opeti Pulotu visited to observe and familiarize with the implementation of SQA mandated functions. The visitors spent time with the four divisions of SQA and engaged in discussions and shared experiences. They attended a programme accreditation panel meeting and participated in a site visit on registration processes to Post School Education and Training (PSET) Providers.
According to Dr Fasi, SQA and TNQAB have similar goals and functions as well as issues and challenges. He noted some of the best practices in SQA operations that will be helpful in managing TNQAB. He was specifically interested in how the SQA functions were well defined and de‐lineated in the SQA organization structure. He also thought SQA’s Electronic Filing System was helpful to ensure organized access to work files.
Chief Executive Officer of SQA Fepulea’i Sinapi Mōlī said hosting this visit is a welcome opportunity in terms of working together with other countries in the region towards mutual recognition of qualifications and sharing best practices in quality assurance matters.
Fepulea’i added that it’s the beginning of an exchange and strengthening of a relationship in which Dr Fasi also agreed. Fepulea’i believes regional networking in sharing experiences and understanding of quality assurance processes and standards is a good start for comparability and recognition of qualifications. Strengthening these relationships will contribute towards implementation of the Pacific Register of Qualifications and Standards (PRQS) currently being prepared.
Establishment of robust quality assurance systems and processes for mutual recognition of qualification, skills and knowledge will assist the implementation of the Transnational Movement of Natural People (TMNP) scheme currently being negotiated in the Pacific, which can assist to provide or increase employment opportunities for our people.

Future Leaders Meets SQA

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The candidates of the Leadership Programme gained an overview of SQA, through a presentation on the topic ‘Education Development in Samoa – The Status and Standard of Education and Education Providers in Samoa’. The content of the presentation by Chief Executive Officer Fepulea’i Sinapi Mōlī included a brief background on SQA, its mandates, roles and functions, targets groups and stakeholders, governance and management. The presentation shared with them the vision and mission of SQA as well as the qualifications services, the Samoa Qualifications Framework (SQF) and Quality Assurance System and Processes.

They also learned that SQA is affiliated with international quality assurance agencies and where SQA is a Full Member of the Asia‐Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and the International Network of Quality Assurance Agency in Higher Education (INQAAHE). The visit is part of the programme for the candidates to realize some of the leadership challenges in Samoa and how they will approach and resolve them as leaders. Leadership Samoa is a non‐government and not for profit organisation that aims to create a network of emerging and future leaders who are empowered to address Samoa’s leadership and development issues, and achieve Samoa’s political, environment, economic and social goals.

SQA completes study on employment opportunities

 

In 2007, the Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA) executed an initial study on employment opportunities available to those that exit Post School Education and Training (PSET) Institutions in Samoa. This was to identify which occupation groups as classified under the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Classification of Occupation List were of the highest demand in the labour market both nationally and internationally during 2006 – 2007.
This report entails the continuation of this study into the period 2008 ‐ 2009 with the following objectives: 1) To find out the types of employment opportunities that were available to PSET leavers during 2008‐2009; 2) To identify trends in job opportunities available to PSET leavers since 2006.
One conclusion in this Report show that the most demanded for local occupations during 2008 and 2009 were of the “Professionals” Group. Occupation types under the “Technicians & Associated Professionals” Group were the most demanded for jobs in the local labour market during 2006 – 2007. To understand more on the Occupation Groups and the Study visit our website www.sqa.gov.ws

SPNTC now a Registered Provider

SQA in introducing its quality assurance systems has adopted the continuous improvement approach in working together with the PSET providers to ensure they meet the set quality assurance standards and criteria’s. This approach was followed in preparing South Pacific Nazarene Theological College (SPNTC) for PSET Provider Registration through meetings and correspondences. SQA is pleased to announce that SPNTC is now the 11th Registered PSET Provider in Samoa. Their registration had been approved by the Board in August this year. The SPNTC is an institution of the Church of the Nazarene International founded in 1974 under the leadership of Rev. Jerry Appleby for the purpose of providing Wesleyan Armenian theological training among the Samoan people and within their own cultural context.
The initiative was borne out of the need for a high quality evangelical college to prepare qualified pastors to lead the Church of Nazarene in Samoa.
SPNTC offers courses that meet the requirements for ordination of ministers of the Gospel in the Church of Nazarene. The courses offered at the College also opens up opportunities for anyone to attend training in theology and biblical studies to assist them in strengthening their spiritual lives for the services of God.
SPNTC is an entity of the Nazarene Church of Samoa which has been registered with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour.

NQ reports for agriculture certificates in progress

 

SQA’s work towards registration of National Qualifications (NQ) on to the Samoa Qualifications Framework (SQF) continues well in the area of Agriculture. The Panel for registration of NQs on Animal Production and Health Certificates, Levels II, III, IV have completed and submitted to SQA draft reports for registration on to the SQF. The purpose of the registration of the NQ exercise is to establish and confirm that the National Certificates meet the requirements for the qualification to be registered on the SQF and that the qualification meets criteria for use of the term ‘National’ in the qualification title

Accreditation progress for Harvest Bible College

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SQA and its Programme Accreditation Panel for Harvest Bible College (HBC) continues to work together to ensure a complete accreditation of courses offered at the bible school. HBC is a Registered Provider of PSET in Samoa and had signed a Memorandum of Agreement with SQA in July 2010. By August this year, the Panel is progressing well with its work as they start to put together its reports for the two programmes of Certificate and Diploma in Biblical Studies. HBC provides Bachelor of Arts (BA) level courses in Bible, Theology, and ministry education for members of the Assemblies of God and for other believers of like faith. HBC has existed as a ministry of the AoGs in Samoa since 1995 to train ministers for services at home and abroad. Programme Accreditation is the process conducted by SQA to evaluate a provider’s capability to deliver education and training to the required standard. It is one of the three quality assurance processes.

Malua Bible School in registration process

 

SQA welcomes on board Malua Bible School as they begin with the first steps of the Provider Registration procedure.

The goals of the bible school, are to provide theological education for all men and women that would develop their awareness of the Bible in ones context; to motivate a desire to further biblical learning that will lead to Christian maturity and spiritual depth; to foster positive attitudes and leadership qualities between men and women in the church and community; and, to develop a better understanding of diverse cultures and religions.

The programme offers two awards, Certificate in Theological Studies and the Diploma in Theological Studies. It is a bible school for all men and women of the community with a mission to deliver basic theological education and to promote better understanding of the Bible.

Malua Bible School also envision working in partnership with other church and community leaders in providing tools for leadership in individuals, church, society and the world.

Other news from QA Division..

 

TESESE INSTITUTE OF ADMINISTRATIVE STUDIES
TIAS panel members held its last accreditation meeting on 05 August 2011, to finalize the two Programme Accreditation Reports for TIAS Certificates in Computing and Office Administration. Programme Accreditation panel draft reports for the two Certificate Programmes by TIAS were completed and submitted to TIAS on 24th August 2011. TIAS has started work on the requirements of the reports.
DON BOSCO TECHNICAL CENTRE
DBTC is progressing well with the Panel at its report writing stage of Programme Accreditation. Four draft reports have been prepared.
New Zealand Qualificationss Agency(NZQA) Staff visits SQA
Mr Kolose Lagavale of NZQA visited SQA and met with the CEO and Management before meeting with the Quality Assurance Division. The discussion was based on sharing information on how each agency conducts its work. Mr Kolose gave feedback on Non‐Formal Learning which will assist SQA Quality Assurance Division in ensuring development and success of this activity in Samoa. The meeting closed at a positive note with both agencies agreeing to continue close contact for future developments.

New leadership for Uesiliana and Laumua o Punaoa

 

Following the Methodist Annual Conference, changes were made to leading personnel within these Technical Centres. Former Director Rev Taumafai Komiti and former Principal of Uesiliana Rev Amosa Tapuai are taking up their ministerial duty calls. Replacing Rev Taumafai Komiti as Director for Board of Education is Rev Logopati Mataafa whilst Rev Paseto Eteuati will replace Rev Amosa Tapuai as Principal of Uesiliana Technical Centre. Rev Selau Asiata who had also worked along with SQA is also called to ministerial duties. Continuing his duties as Principal of Laumua o Punaoa is Rev Pasili Farani. SQA extends its Warm welcome to New Members and anticipate working closely with you to accomplish a successful outcome for your institutions. Congratulations and well wishes to Outgoing Members and thank you for your invaluable contribution to promoting quality in PSET.

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