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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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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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Irene James replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"Hi everyone! I know that our pathetic education system in this country is useless, (we read about that and experience the results daily) but now I am really convinced that it is also archaic. Who the heck uses text books in this day and age? - they…"
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Hannes Nel replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Is our educational system suffering from dissociative fugue? in the group Training Service Providers
"Well, I also use the internet to find out more about a topic or concept that tickles me. One of the characters in a book about Sherlock Holmes that I am reading used the word, so I wanted to know more about the meaning, which triggered the article..."
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Hannes Nel replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"Sylvia and Charles - you both raised rather important arguments (even though I could sense Sylvia's tongue in the cheek Scandinavian message). Will see if I can respond properly over the weekend."
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Charles Dey replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"On the subject of textbooks I really fail to see the value of this archaic medium of instruction. I am really shocked to learn that people are wasting valuable time in writing material which is tailored to a particular curriculum when, if the…"
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Petra Penninkhoff replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"So rather than writing textbooks or changing the curricula we would need to train the lecturers in realizing that there are always different viewpoints and not just the one. "
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sylvia hammond replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"Hannes, I often reflect on what it is about Scandinavian countries that they get so much right - approach to equality of women, importance of education, pedagogic theory - and did I mention rally driving?"
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Zerelde Uys replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Is our educational system suffering from dissociative fugue? in the group Training Service Providers
"Brilliant! I confess that Wikipedia helped me to fully appreciate your metaphor - both in the context of the psychiatric disorder and the music... "
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Hannes Nel replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"All stakeholders should be allowed to participating in the skills needs analysis. We can actually extend this to knowledge needs as well to make the universities feel comfortable. Learning institutions can not ever tell the industry what their…"
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sharon snell replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"Hannes this is an important issue so thanks for raising it. My first confession is that I do not read Prof Jansen's articles so I hope my comment doesn't veer too much off topic. I am of the view that curriculum is very important and…"
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Hannes Nel replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"No, they all misuse the academy. Not being a politician I will continue objecting against this even though I know that nobody listens. Just for the record ... you know. Petra, you are absolutely right and the true lifelong learner will study more…"
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Petra Penninkhoff replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"Sylvia:  Maybe the states adhere to a certain political agenda and particular economic model but that does mean that universities, colleges, secondary school are teaching only on those favoured by the state. They have their own responsibilities…"
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babsie ntombela replied to Hannes Nel's discussion The Professor is right - and wrong in the group Learning Material Development
"True Hannes. That knowledge and skill can make us to do work better but not political value system.  "
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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 9:28am on March 07, 2015, sylvia hammond gave Hannes Nel a gift
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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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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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