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Minister Pandor given 7 days to save Eastern Cape TVET students

Mar 7, 2019
Minister Pandor given 7 days to save Eastern Cape TVET students

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has given the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Minister Naledi Pandor seven days to come up with a recovery plan to safeguard the future of students at Eastern Cape Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions.

"Today, 7 March 2019, the DA held a peaceful march from Buffalo City College to the offices of the DHET in East London. This led to the handover of a memorandum to the department," said Baxolile Nodada - DASO Eastern Cape Constituency Chairperson.

DA Youth Provincial Chairperson, Mawethu Kosani, PE College SRC-president, Euzelle Ruiters, and members of Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) and DAY also took part in the march.

"Over a period of 6 months TVET colleges across the country were plagued by labour strikes. This led to a breakdown in learning and the writing of supplementary exams," said Nodada.

"We believe the TVET sector is critical to rebuilding South Africa's economy."

DA demands Minister Naledi Pandor intervenes in Eastern Cape TVETs

In the memorandum Minister Pandor and her department are requested to urgently intervene in the following:

  • The Academic Curriculum: The curriculum that students are being taught at TVET Colleges is the reason for the high fall-out rate in the sector. This ultimately leads to an increase in unemployment.
  • Infrastructure and Resources: The state of TVET Colleges, in comparison to universities, clearly sets it straight that the Department and the Minister prioritises universities.
  • Financial aid, such as the NSFAS scheme, remains a problem;
  • Student Accommodation accreditation and safety and accreditation;
  • The safety of students remains a massive issue at institutions of higher learning.
  • The recent national strikes, led by NEHAWU, deprived students of the opportunity to write their supplementary examinations during  the months of February and March 2019.

Nodada said that a DA national government will reform the TVET college curricula, invest in modern infrastructure and equipment, and substantially increase work-based experience opportunities.

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