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FET College Sector Fails to Meet Great Expectations

Much has been expected from the Further Education and Training (FET) college sector. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) looks to it to provide the intermediate-level and artisanal skills to mitigate the shortage of people to fill positions available in the technicians and associated professionals occupational category and thereby massively alleviate unemployment.

The DHET recognises, however, that there is great unevenness in the college sector; some colleges (and some provinces) performing much better than others.

Helping Hand for Struggling FETs

The Department of Higher Education says it has brokered a deal with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants to supply struggling Further Education and Training colleges with retired accountants to assist them.

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, pointed out that the department will use a portion of the R2.5 billion announced by Zuma for capacity building projects at FET colleges by appointing qualified personnel and also to upgrade campuses and build new ones.

FET Colleges Must be Institutions of Choice: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma says that further Education and Training (FET) colleges are just as important as universities and technical universities.

Zuma points out that, "We must therefore change the mindsets in our society and enable FET Colleges to become institutions of choice for many young people, so that we can obtain much needed technical skills."

Zuma further says that government wants school leavers, including disheartened ones, some of whom stand in street corners daily with no hope for the future, to be able to come back to the education and training system.

Govt to Transform FET Colleges

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, says that South Africa’s beleaguered Further Education and Training (FET) colleges should prepare for a dramatic shake-up to address the country’s dire skills shortages.

Nzimande says that his department envision a complete transformation of South Africa’s higher education system, currently characterised by enrolment rates at universities that are almost three times as high as those at colleges.

Government Announce Plan to Accommodate NSFAS

Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan has announced that all government departments are required to effect unprecedented spending cuts of 0.3 percent, amounting to R6 billion, to accommodate additional funding for the National Student Finance Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

However, the minister says he will be relying on the cooperation from his colleagues in Cabinet and also from departmental accounting officers to make this a reality.

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