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NZQA staff consulted about structural change


7 March 2006

NZQA staff consulted about proposed structural change

The Qualifications Authority has started consulting with staff on a proposal to implement some structural change.

The proposal, if implemented, would address organisational issues raised in external reviews carried out last year by the State Services Commission.

The State Services Commission review team recommended that "as a matter of urgency, a review of the allocation of senior management responsibilities and capability" be undertaken.

Acting Chief Executive Karen Sewell says the proposal if implemented would result in an improved fit between the organisation's structure and its key business functions of quality assurance, qualifications, and corporate and strategic services.

"Now that the exam round has been successfully implemented, it is time to move forward in terms of implementing some of the other recommendations in external reviews regarding the organisational design and structure of the Qualifications Authority."

The Board of the Qualifications Authority has given the go ahead for consultation to start on the proposal. Discussions have also been held with the recently appointed Chief Executive Karen Poutasi, who takes up her new role in May.

"Dr Poutasi has been, and will continue to be, closely involved in the process," says Karen Sewell.

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