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R2.5bn investment for new FET college campuses

An amount of R2.5 billion is planned to be allocated for the refurbishment and building of new campuses of Further Education and Training (FET) colleges over the up coming three years, President Jacob Zuma revealed.

“In keeping with the strategic goals of the National Skills Development Strategy III, which incorporates the growth and strengthening of public [FET] colleges, the National Skills Fund along with SETAs are going to allocate R2.5 billion for the refurbishment and construction of new campuses of FET colleges over the next three years,” Zuma said at his skills development summit with FET college principals.

The summit was actually a platform for FET college principals to interact and deliberate on the central role FETs enjoy within the country’s skills development strategy in particular, government’s new infrastructure development priority programme.


President Jacob Zuma

Additional information on the project is going to be made available from Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande as part of his budget vote speech later this month.

Principals from all 50 FET colleges took part in the summit, who manage 264 campuses nationwide, along with the chairpersons of college councils and deputy principals.

Delegates tried to deal with the existing level of skills development and exactly how the country could possibly provide the scarce skills that are essential to make the comprehensive national infrastructure development programme a success.

The meeting was also attended by ministers who happen to be members of the management committee of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission.

Zuma re-iterated that whereas universities and universities of technology were crucial, FET colleges happen to be in the same way important. He called on society to modify their mind-sets to allow FET colleges to turn into institutions of choice for a large number of young adults, to ensure the country could attain the necessary technical skills.


“Universities are necessary in any economy however the illustration of successful industrial economies such as Germany point to the value of vocationally-based training, based on an apprenticeship model. This kind of vocational focus makes it possible for the development of a strong manufacturing base and productive economy,” he stated.

He emphasized the necessity to tackle head-on the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality, adding the fact that education and skills development happen to be the best tools in accomplishing this objective.

A confident Zuma pointed out that the country currently has a good plans in place for significant economic development and job creation.

The New Growth Path framework was launched in 2010 with a framework that sets the creation of decent work opportunities as the central economic goal of government.

Government has revealed the sectors where jobs can be created on a large scale, including:

* infrastructure development
* mining and beneficiation
* agriculture and the processing of farm products
* manufacturing
* green economy
* tourism and high level services; and
* the knowledge-based sectors of the economy.



Zuma revealed a significant and bold infrastructure plan for the country’s economy during his Stae of the Nation Address. .

The infrastructure plan encompasses the expansion of ports and rail-lines; modernising the road networks; the construction of dams and irrigation systems, power stations along with renewable energy plants; laying of transmission lines and broadband within the country; in addition to expanding the building of schools, hospitals and universities.

To date, seventeen significant integrated projects have already been finalised and the implementation will now commence. The relevance of FET colleges in the infrastructure development project cannot be overstated.

“The construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructure along with the operation of assets have to have the types of skills that FET colleges are well-equipped to provide… however for FETs to achieve success, they need to be more effective and better-performing, graduation rates will have to rise,” he explained to the principals.

Source: BuaNews


SA focus on education, learning, and teaching is paying off

South Africa’s drive for universal the means to access education, as well as for improved learning and teaching, are beginning to pay off according to President Jacob Zuma.

Presenting his fourth State of the Nation address, Zuma mentioned that more than eight-million students happen to be enrolled in no-fee schools and benefiting from the government’s school feeding scheme, together with school attendance now in close proximity to 100 percent for the compulsory band of 7-15 years of age.

“A significant victory is the doubling of grade R enrollment, from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 in 2011,” Zuma pointed out. “We seem to be positioned to fulfill our target of 100 percent coverage for grade R by 2014.”

Having said that, he pointed out the fact that the government continued to be worried by the report of the General Household Survey in 2010 that just over 120 000 children in the 7-15 year old band were out of school.

‘In school, in class, on time’

At the same time, Zuma congratulated the teachers, learners, parents along with the communities for the hard work, which in turn saw a rise in last year’s matric pass rate, adding the fact that the government’s rigorous focus on education appeared to be bearing fruit.

“We will continue to invest in training of more teachers who can instruct in mathematics, science and African languages. Our call to teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for a minimum of seven hours a day continues to be crucial to success … we thank the teacher unions for supporting this campaign.”

Higher education targets

On the subject of higher education, Zuma pointed out that the government was outperforming its targets, with approximately 14 000 school leavers being placed in workplace learning opportunities during the last year, as well as over 11 000 artisans having carried out their trade tests.

He appeared to be thrilled to see a rise in the number of learners enrolled in Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, and encouraged parents to motivate their children to enrol in these colleges, given that the country required the skills these colleges happen to be offering.

To expand the means to access tertiary education, Zuma announced that R200-million had been invested in assisting 25 000 students to repay their debts to institutions of higher learning this past year.

He additionally revealed that a total of R300-million ended up being assigned for preparatory work towards constructing new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.

Source: BuaNews


Convert work environment into training space: Nzimande

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has reiterated his call to transform places of work into training areas for young adults from Further Education Training (FET) colleges to assure placement opportunities.

“We need to open each and every workplace into training space, both private in addition to the municipalities must become spaces of education,” Nzimande said.

Talking at the National Skills Conference, Nzimande stated it was inconceivable to take in everyone into universities simply because at this time there was not adequate space. He stressed the necessity to adjust attitudes in communities when it comes to vocational training.

“The country won’t be able to have productive jobs creation without skills development. Skills development makes it possible for our people to take advantage of job opportunities… We have to absorb a large number of people with matric to obtain skills training at FET colleges to enable them to initiate jobs,” Nzimande said.

A worried Nzimande pointed out that the department expected to see a balance in the volume of young people in universities and FET colleges.

“Less than 9 000 students are absorbed by universities and a quarter by colleges. We strive to see that transforming within the next five years. The numbers should balance.”

The two-day conference, organised by the National Skills Authority in collaboration with the department, is meant to bring together stakeholders to talk about experiences, examine challenges and ways in which tobest to address them and also look at the state of skills development.

National Skills Authority chairperson, Eddie Majadibodu, said the stakeholders will get a agreement regarding how to fast track the issue of artisan development.

“We have high hopes that the discussions will yield public interest on artisanship and information and facts on the role of SETAs since the majority of individuals don’t fully understand its functions and cannot make use of its services,” said Majadibodu.

He noted that learnerships were not an expense, as most employers think, but rather an investment in the country.

“There is certainly an issue on the low levels of skills development in the country and without the skills, we simply cannot do anything… We need to generate more artisans.

“We now have set a target to produce 10 000 artisans in the next 12 months and 50 000 over a five-year period and we believe this is achievable,” said Majadibodu.

The department not too long ago signed a National Skills Accord with organised labour, business and community constituencies, committing themselves to combine efforts to bolster skills development as a critical pillar of the New Growth Path.

In the accord, business wholly commited to develop a strategy for workplace exposure to FET college lecturers in discussion with FET colleges; as well as to help support initiatives of engineers to teach either part-time or as guest lecturers at colleges to make certain that learners are able to reap the benefits of their experience.

Business further committed to offer support by sponsoring equipment for training laboratories in their adopted colleges.

Source: BuaNews


South Africa phases in free education for the poor

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

From this year onwards, government has declared that it would “incrementally bring in completely free education and training at the undergraduate level.”

Minister for Basic Education Angie Motshekga revealed at a media briefing in Cape Town the fact that learners in FET colleges, who actually qualified for financial assistance, are going to be “exempted 100 % from having to pay academic fees.”

“This approach really should furthermore improve admission to the colleges for college students coming from poor families, and in addition assist the country to fulfill its requirements for intermediate and technical skills,” explained the minister.

The briefing followed President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address a week ago, during which he explained that elevating the bar in education and learning is going to be among the list of five government priorities this coming year.

President Jacob Zuma

Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, also went to the briefing.

Motshekga stated that Nzimande’s department had “shifted expeditiously to create systems to eliminate just about all obstacles to gain access to to post school opportunities by young people…”

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme, administered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, has been providing “full cost bursaries” to talented individuals enthusiastic about teaching priority subjects when it comes to rural areas.

“In 2011, the scheme is going to help support somewhere around 8 500 new and continuing student teachers spanning virtually all years of study. Somewhere around 900 bursaries will likely be readily available for first time students in 2011,” Motshekga said.

The minister declared that from this year onwards, practising teachers are going to be provided “enhancement development opportunities” to boost their practical knowledge by means of short courses at universities together with other private providers.

Source: BuaNews


South African National student scheme gets a boost

An extra sum of R150 million has become available the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to concentrate on dealing with skills shortage and deficiency in South Africa.

On Monday, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande made the announcement and explained that by way of the National Skills Fund (NSF), the department has earmarked R22.9 million which is to be specifically for the funding and investment in 820 first year students and R7 million when it comes to a specialized bursary scheme aimed towards rural students who definitely have performed extraordinarily well in the 2010 Grade 12 examinations.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande

In response to its commitment along with responsibility to promoting the means to access tertiary education for those who have disabilities, the department has additionally earmarked R21 million for 300 first year bursaries for individuals with disabilities, while using the balance of R99.1 million that will be allocated to students that happen to be currently studying within the scarce career fields.

The NSF will at the same time will be allocating R100 million Career Wise bursaries within the following categories:

* R17 million to fund 258 first year students
* R4 million for the Dipaleseng Special Bursary Scheme
* R4.6 million for 67 first year bursaries
* R11.5 million to support 245 first year students pursuing studies in Chartered Accountancy at the University of Fort Hare

In an effort to be of assistance and ease the the means to access Further Education and Training (FET) colleges and enable the country to fulfill its requirements for intermediate and technical skills, diligent students coming from poor families, are going to be exempted from having to pay academic fees this coming year.

The bursaries, that will be designated to students, whose parents or guardians earn a combined salary of R122 000 per annum, will take care of tuition fees, accommodation, meals and transportation expenses.

Having said that, Nzimande asked for recipients to work hard and deliver the results given that the department is going to be keeping track of their performances, and alerting them to the reality that in case they are not able to produce decent results, the bursary could well be forfeited.

“This is absolutely not a free ride, all of us demand learners to work hard. You simply can’t carry on and obtain a bursary if you do not deliver, I am going to take a close look at students overall performance,” cautioned Nzimande.

In dealing with the difficult task most typically associated with the scarcity of professional career guidance in schools, the department and South African Qualifications Authority has entered into a joint venture with SABC to make available to students information and facts on the subject of career guidance, for students that happen to be uncertain or undecided as to which career path to pursue.

The career information and facts are also going to be broadcast on all Nguni radio stations.

Nzimande pointed out that he was excited and enthusiastic about the joint venture, simply because it will probably greatly enhance the challenge of students when it comes to making a choice on the career and profession to pursue.

“Our goal, objective and purpose will be to make certain that information and facts follow to rural schools and also that no learners should go to school without having this kind of important information and facts. It ought to be provided much earlier in their education and learning careers,” Nzimande mentioned.

Help and advice could also be obtained through the career advice centre and career advice website www.careerhelp.org.za or from NQF and Career Advice Helpline on 0860 111 673.

The helpline may also be contacted via SMS on 072 2045 056 or email help@nqf.org.za. The Post-School Options Information Pack is available on www.careerhelp.org.za or maybe emailed to callers who request the pack from helpline 0860 111 673 or SMS 072 2045 056 or email help@nqf.org.za

Source: BuaNews, nsfas.org.za, skills-universe.com