Journal of Educational Change

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 193–203 | Cite as

Is the national qualifications framework a broken promise? A dialogue

Big Change Question


National qualifications framework Education reform 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Units, European Training FoundationTorinoItaly
  2. 2.South African Qualifications AuthorityPretoriaSouth Africa

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