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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 Dr Jacqueline Baumgardt (Jax)'s discussion QCTO developments
"Sorry Des, I also applied and was told in no uncertain terms that the only person who has what it takes to be the AQP for pole dancing is Jax. Early bird, you know..."
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Hannes Nel replied to Jonathon Wigley's discussion LGSETA loses accreditation application file - legal action warranted? in the group Training Service Providers
"Nope, they will not be horrified because they know. I have a ring binder full of letters sent to them and they don't even respond."
Apr 12

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Hannes Nel replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Why the National Development Plan will fail in the group Training Service Providers
"Sorry, Percy, the drive has been cancelled because of a lack of interest. The best you can do is to focus on quality learning. That would already be a wonderful revolution. Good luck with your noble work."
Apr 12
Percy Johnnie Manuel replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Why the National Development Plan will fail in the group Training Service Providers
"Good Morning Hannes We have recently Establish a Providers Forum in the Northern Cape with the purpose of capacity building and to be partners of the Skills revolution in NC. We are ensuring that we have a voice on the interaction taking place on NC…"
Apr 12

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Hannes Nel replied to Jonathon Wigley's discussion LGSETA loses accreditation application file - legal action warranted? in the group Training Service Providers
"Henk, I believe the people with the say would rather be DHET and the Minister of Higher Education and Training. It might be necessary to change legislation to give learning institutions more autonomy in terms of especially quality assurance. The…"
Apr 10

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Hannes Nel replied to Jonathon Wigley's discussion LGSETA loses accreditation application file - legal action warranted? in the group Training Service Providers
"You know, Henk, I have fired people for saying that something cannot be done. However, this time I am the one who is not even willing to try. If, however, the people with the say approach us, we might get something done. Do you think they will be…"
Apr 10

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Hannes Nel replied to Jonathon Wigley's discussion LGSETA loses accreditation application file - legal action warranted? in the group Training Service Providers
"Carla, the rumours are old and nothing of substance will replace what we have. I do not for one moment believe that my suggestion will move anybody to try to improve the system and I am beyond believing that the system will improve. This sounds…"
Apr 10

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Hannes Nel replied to Jonathon Wigley's discussion LGSETA loses accreditation application file - legal action warranted? in the group Training Service Providers
"Well, you will understand why our attorney sent me an email earlier this week in which he thanks me for being such a good client. He should actually thank the SETAs. Even more interesting - Pumla  Mkele is now the ETQA Manager for LGSETA. She…"
Apr 10

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Cas Olivier replied to Hannes Nel's discussion About universities and statues in the group Training Service Providers
"Hannes, I also thought their concern should first be the quality of the teaching they inherited."
Apr 10
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About universities and statues

A friend recently sent me an internet article on why many people in countries with mature education systems feel that universities as we know them are redundant. They mention the online option, which one can write a book on. Then they mention the poor presentation skills of lecturers, too many students in a classroom followed by almost no students in the classroom by the end of the academic year, students who use the numbers at university for ulterior motives, be they economic, political or…See More
Apr 10
Steve Short replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Why the National Development Plan will fail in the group Training Service Providers
"Yes it was Hannes... and I just love robust discussion :-)"
Apr 9

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Hannes Nel replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Why the National Development Plan will fail in the group Training Service Providers
"We learn to give the other guy the benefit of the doubt when communicating in cyber space. I did not take your contributions as negative and I know that you experience much the same frustrations as most of us when we try to add value to the quality…"
Apr 9
Steve Short replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Why the National Development Plan will fail in the group Training Service Providers
"Not at all Des ;-) "
Apr 8

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Des Squire replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Why the National Development Plan will fail in the group Training Service Providers
"Thank you Hannes. I could not agree more. Never intended starting a bun fight with anyone as Steve seems to think. Logging out now for safety sake. God bless"
Apr 8
Steve Short replied to Hannes Nel's discussion Why the National Development Plan will fail in the group Training Service Providers
"Well said :-)"
Apr 8

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MD and owner of Mentornet, a private training institution. We also design and develop learning materials and do quality assurance of ETD.
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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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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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Wilma de Villiers
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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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