The Critical Cross-field Education and Training Outcomes, commonly known as the Critical Outcomes, are an additional mechanism through which coherence is achieved in the framework. These Critical Outcomes describe the qualities which the NQF identifies for development in students within the education and training system, regardless of the specific area or content of learning i.e. those outcomes that are deemed critical for the development of the capacity for life-long learning. These outcomes are intended to direct the thinking of policy makers, curriculum designers, facilitators of learning as well as the learners themselves.
It is mandatory for standards setters to incorporate at least some of the Critical Outcomes in the standards that they recommend and proposers of qualifications must ensure that all Critical Outcomes have been addressed appropriately at the level concerned within the qualifications being proposed.
The Critical Outcomes adopted by SAQA are as follows:
- *Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made;
*Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, community;
*Organise and manage oneself and one’s activities responsibly and effectively;
*Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information;
*Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation;
*Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others;
*Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation;
In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of:
- *Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively;
*Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities;
*Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts;
*Exploring education and career opportunities, and
*Developing entrepreneurial opportunities.