Introduction to SACAI

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Introduction to SACAI (South African Comprehensive Assessement Institute)

SACAI, established in 2012, is a non-profit organisation that provides National Senior Certificate (NSC) assessment services to a diverse range of educational institutions.

The Institute is value driven and its vision is to provide accountable and affordable assessment and examination services to all institutions that strive to achieve excellence in education.

SACAI subscribes to and meticulously complies with the prescripts of the NSC curriculum as determined by the Minister of Basic Education, currently referred to as the CAPS curriculum.

SACAI’S candidates who write and pass the NSC examination in Grade 12 are issued National Senior Certificates by Umalusi, the Quality Council responsible for the sub-framework General and Further Education and Training of the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

Furthermore, candidates that meet the relevant requirements are accepted by South African tertiary institutions for further study. Effectively this is exactly the same as a grade 12 certificate issued by the department of education.

SACAI registers two types of Institutions:

  1. Umalusi accredited Independent Schools that offer the NSC qualification to learners in the FET Phase (Grades 10 – 12).
  2. Distance Education Providers (including repeater centres) that offer the NSC qualification to distance learners in the FET Phase (Grades 10 – 12).

What is a Distance Education Provider?
Distance Education Providers (DEP) are Institutions other than schools that register learners for the NSC qualification (Grades 10-12) via distance (Home) education. The DEP provides the learner with curriculum materials and takes responsibility for the learner’s assessment throughout the year. SACAI externally moderates these assessments.

What is an Independent School?
An Independent School is a school that is registered with the local Provincial Department of Education (PDE) and has the required EMIS number as proof of such registration. Independent Schools must also be accredited by Umalusi.