DHET minister calls for the re-alignment of curriculum at TVET colleges to meet local demands

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Chester Makana,

South Africa must re-align its TVET Colleges curriculum in order to fight unemployment and gender-based violence, according to Higher Education Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize.

Mkhize made the proposal during a media briefing in Polokwane on Tuesday dealing with enrolment of students.

Majority of students are currently flooding the gates and corridors of institutions of high learning after President Jacob Zuma announced free education in December.

Mkhize met with seven colleges management, including Capricorn TVET College on Tuesday to outline plans that will see aspiring students enrolled in all colleges.

She told management that they should concentrate on increasing their offerings on training that is closer to their local sectors.

According to Mkhize, TVET colleges education has proven to be a key instrument to fight unemployment.

“We have seen in other countries that they cut down unemployment by investing in technical and vocational education training colleges,” added Mkhize.

She said her department is engaging with German and Switzerland authorities who managed to succeed with the TVET college models.

However, Mkhize said there are no plans to throw massive investment in the sector as they are looking at other alternative to relieve the demands.

She said additional TVET colleges or universities are not only the solution that will address lack of space, and argued that long distance learning and evening lessons could be another solution to be explored.

Mkhize said the re-alignment and expansion of TVET amid free education would help see her department begging for more funds from national Treasury.

“We all have to support free education and make sure it works, as much as we can and improve over the years.”





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