The purpose for the development of the Eswatini Qualifications Framework is twofold:

1. Promoting Lifelong Learning

  • Improving understanding of learning and qualifications, and how they relate to each other.
  • Improving access to education and training.
  • Making progression routes easier and clearer thus improving learner and career mobility.
  • Increasing scope for recognition of prior learning.

 2.Quality Assurance and Recognition

  • Ensuring that qualifications are relevant to perceived industry and socio -economic needs.
  • Ensuring compatibility of the same qualification offered by different institutions.
  • Ensuring that education and training standards are defined by agreed learning outcomes and applied consistently.
  • Maintaining international comparability of standards, especially in the Southern African context, to ensure international competitiveness, and to facilitate student and graduate mobility.

The ESQF Level Descriptors

The level descriptors are statements describing the characteristics of the generic outcomes of each of the 10 levels in the ESQF. These characteristics consist of the knowledge, skills, competences and attributes that individuals at a given level should possess or be able to demonstrate on achieving the qualification. The  level descriptors are as follows:

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