17/01/2014 – ACDP welcomes plan is to expand capacity access and quality of further training and education

January 17, 2014

Education, Press Releases, Youth

ACDP Parliament

Cheryllyn Dudley, MP and Whip

 

ACDP welcomes plan is to expand capacity access and quality of further training and education

 

* estimated 3 million young people in SA not employed and not receiving training or education

The ACDP today called on The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to provide structures and processes for cooperation between education and training providers and employers to link with the design of training systems and curricula.

This comes after the department adopted a recently launched White Paper on South Africa’s post-schooling sector.

The plan is to expand the capacity of, access to, and the quality of South Africa’s higher education institutions to absorb the estimated 3 million young people in South Africa who are not employed and not receiving training or education.

The original white paper has been around since 2009, a green paper was published in January 2012 and Cabinet approved the amended White Paper in November 2013.

The White Paper covers all institutions within the ambit of the DHET but the department is prioritising 50 further education and training colleges, which have been renamed technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.

The department aims to have 2.5-million students enrolled in public TVET colleges by 2030. In 2013 there were over 650 000 students registered at public higher education institutions – nearly double the enrolment rate of 2010.

By 2030, the plan is for private TVET and other higher education institutions to have an enrollment of about 500 000. University enrollment is expected to increase from just over 937 000 students in 2011 to about 1.6-million in 2030.

The White Paper also refers to the establishment of community colleges which will link directly with the work of public programmes, such as the expanded public works programme, community works programme and others.

The colleges will target an enrolment of one-million by 2030 and are expected to cater for youth and adults who do not complete their schooling or who never attended school, and did not qualify to study at TVET colleges and universities.

An institution will be established to support, monitor and evaluate TVET and community colleges, as well as develop innovative curricula for the colleges.

The South African Institute for Vocational and Continuing Education and Training will also be responsible for upgrading technical knowledge and skills of existing staff and setting professional standards for lecturers, instructors and trainers. It will also provide a forum of experts to develop materials for programmes and to advise the Minister.

The ACDP notes with approval plans to:

· Centralise and extend the data on private post-school institutions

· Review regulations and quality assurance of public institutions

· Develop policy to improve access and increase the rate of success in post-school education and training for people with disabilities.

ACDP Member of Parliament, Cheryllyn Dudley, today said, “The intention is to link education and the workplace with the design of training systems, including curricula. This is something the ACDP has drawn attention to often over the years and we are aware the importance of this has been acknowledged yet the desired outcome has not been achieved. It will require close cooperation between education and training providers and employers which will not happen unless the department provides specific structures and processes within which this will take place.”

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