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Change starts when someone takes the first step

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hannes Nel Sep 4, 2014. 21 Replies

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Tags: quality, colleges, plan, assurance, occupational

The Cumulative Effect of Private Provision

Started Jun 17, 2014 0 Replies

Perhaps I am not very good at statistics, but the claim made in the White Paper for Post-school Education and Training, page 42 does not make sense to me. On this page, second last paragraph, the…Continue

Are Verifiers Adding any Value to the Learning Process?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynel Farrell Jun 9, 2014. 20 Replies

I am reading Jacqui Baumgardt’s thesis on Quality Assurance Challenges for Private Providers, and just her problem statement already triggered visions of challenges and opportunities in my mind. No…Continue

The White Paper and the Promotion of Lifelong Learning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Roodnick Feb 6, 2014. 18 Replies

We often find that the DHET make decisions that actually hamper the achievement of the strategic objectives of the National Development Plan, the New Growth Path, the Industrial Policy Action Plan…Continue

 

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Hannes Nel replied to Des Squire's discussion Has the skills revolution failed our youth?
"I don't think we want the SETAs to be closed down, as the article hints. All we want is for them is to provide us with a professional service. Secondly, adult learners need to accept responsibility for their own learning and careers. They…"
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Hannes Nel replied to Ken Annandale's discussion SETA accreditation may render your OH&S Training invalid or illegal
"Thank you very much, Ken. The CONSULTANT agrees with you - as did the previous two who evaluated us. All of them gave us an evaluation report. For the previous two we received a 100% compliance because they took the size of our business into…"
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Hannes Nel replied to Ken Annandale's discussion SETA accreditation may render your OH&S Training invalid or illegal
"Marie, We did a risk assessment after the consultant pointed out some risks that we did not think of. If I am objective about the whole exercise I have to admit that she had some valid arguments. And yes, we take OHS seriously and, therefore, are…"
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Hannes Nel replied to Ken Annandale's discussion SETA accreditation may render your OH&S Training invalid or illegal
"Well, now, nothing opens you eyes like experience. Mentornet applied for registration as a private HE institution. This time DHET was no longer satisfied with our OHS certificate, so we approached a consulting company who is supposed to be more…"
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Hannes Nel replied to Henk Cloete's discussion Learning Assumed To Be In Place vs. Recognition of Learning
"I would not be surprised if Joe Samuels answers. The is no end to his energy and passion. You can also contact Dr Heidi Bolton or Dr Jody Cedras."
Jun 26

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Hannes Nel replied to Henk Cloete's discussion Learning Assumed To Be In Place vs. Recognition of Learning
"Henk, one cannot reply to all your (valid) reservations without taking up to much space and time. On the issue of "learning assumed to be in place" and RPL, they should never have been grouped under one heading. Grouping RPL with…"
Jun 25
Barbara Pillay replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Who came first? in the group Training Service Providers
"Dear Doc you could not have said it any better " unlearn old first to learn the new". Yes learning is taking place every second with technology, we need to be on top of things. Learning to accept change and adapt to new technology which…"
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Cas Olivier replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Who came first? in the group Training Service Providers
"Hannes, this is now an interesting angle you are taking here. I am not competitive at all, only look at achievements.  New providers: Read on this site about a new provider offering 'Facilitate learning using a variety of given…"
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tommy john salem replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Who came first? in the group Training Service Providers
"Yip, cant agree more doc, you got to learn how to unlearn before you can be able to learn.  However it also make sense to argue the point that if it works well, why change it? I am referring to apprenticeships  that was deemed to be…"
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Who came first?

Throughout time it was always a good principle of war to occupy terrain first with the largest number of men. Many countries, including the Americans, Russians, Germans and Chinese, claim that one of their generals invented the approach. We had something similar in private learning provision. Marietta van Rooyen (of Assessment College fame for those who don’t know) often claimed that they were the first to accredit (with SAQA) in 1998/99. Maccauvlei contested Marietta’s claim, insisting that…See More
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Steve Short left a comment for Hannes Nel
"Hi Hannes I just stumbled across your comment regarding your kind offer to forward me a copy of your book.  I have battled to find your personal email address (without success) and will therefore mail it to contact@mentornet.co.za - hope…"
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Hannes Nel's Blog

Writing a email is like a declaration of war

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:30 12 Comments

Have you noticed, people often don’t interpret you email messages the way you meant it? This often leads to the demise of friendships and healthy business relationships. Take Facebook (or Twitter, MXIT, Whatsapp, BBM, etc.) as an example. Someone may send thousands of messages over a long period of time, and then, one day, they send just one, JUST ONE message that people interpret negatively, then all the good work of so many previous messages is down the drain. We all know of examples where…

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The thin line between bribery and paying for services rendered

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 9:19 5 Comments

Now don’t get me wrong – Mentornet will never ever pay anybody a bribe for the simple reason that it is against the law. Problem is, now that the Minister of Higher education and Training in his infinite wisdom decided to channel almost all skills grants to public learning institutions he might just have unleashed a new corruption and bribery beast in especially FET Colleges. If I add my own experiences to…

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Can private learning institutions lead the way in offering quality ETD?

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 13:40 5 Comments

In a Skills Universe message on 23 June 2013 Cas Olivier aired his view that private learning institutions are more flexible than public learning institutions and, as I understand it, private learning institutions should set the example in offering good quality ETD. If one were to research statistics on learning institutions you may well get the impression that he is right. However, as we have seen so…

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When the assessment system fails the student

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 14:12 9 Comments

I believe most of us know of instances where lecturers or other staff members of learning institutions actually collaborate with students to cheat in examinations. This also happens after the examinations, for example where assessors are instructed by their superiors to inflate the examination results so that the learning institution will not look bad. Any such practice is a disservice to the students because ultimately students are required to perform jobs for which their studies were…

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At 1:55 on June 20, 2015, Steve Short said…

Hi Hannes

I just stumbled across your comment regarding your kind offer to forward me a copy of your book.  I have battled to find your personal email address (without success) and will therefore mail it to contact@mentornet.co.za - hope it reaches you.  Many thanks again :-)

At 9:28am on March 07, 2015, sylvia hammond gave Hannes Nel a gift
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Happy birthday Hannes We really appreciate the contribution that you make to our community and wish you all the very best for a wonderful year ahead. Have a great day sylvia & the skills-universe team
At 10:04am on March 07, 2014, sylvia hammond gave Hannes Nel a gift
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Happy birthday Hannes - all the very best for a great day and a successful year. Thank you so much for the valuable contribution you make to our community - from sylvia and the skills-universe team
At 12:12pm on March 07, 2013, sylvia hammond gave Hannes Nel a gift
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A birthday gift from the skills-universe team
At 3:30 on November 27, 2012, Nelisiwe Mkhize said…
Thank u Dr, according to my knowledge there is no NLRD for AET level 1 to 3, only GETC level, even DOE doesn't have am I correct? Do you perhaps know why? As AET is such a demand.
At 9:33 on November 26, 2012, Nelisiwe Mkhize said…
Hi Dr please help me I need to know is it obliged for a training provider to be accredited in order to offer AET level 1 and 2, hence there is no NLRD for AET?
At 9:56 on September 15, 2012,
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Hi, Hannes

I always follow your discussions with interest and want to ask you to comment on my blog on 'skills universe as a civil society'.

Your input would be appreciated.


Regards

Wilma

At 11:17 on May 10, 2012, themba thulani sibanda said…

Thank you Dr Hannes Nel, let me contact you on email to provide the whole story.

At 2:32pm on May 02, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Hannes Nel a gift
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Thank you so much - sylvia
At 14:25 on June 2, 2011, Charlene Peens said…

Well said Johannes!  If more of us stand up against the Minister/s and all there unlanned and un-thought through changes, we should be able to raise a stronger voice.  I am starting to doubt the future of ETD in our country. When the OBE system started, I was one of the few people who cheered and said that we can make it work - to my disappointment, OBE has failed in my opinion and our children are suffering.  But as you very well stated, it is not the system that failed, but the people who had to implement it.  Children were already taught in OBE ways for almost a year when the teachers went for their first workshops... this is suicide in it's own right.

I am not sure where ETD is going to from now, but the QCTO has not been on a good start at all.  What will happen to ETD? What can we as providers do to assist in the turmoil?  I do agree with what you say about us guarding against being fly by nights because there are still hundreds - if not thousands - of fly by nights out there that operate exactly as you have described.  Shame on those who are brining the private provider down so badly...

 
 
 

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