President Zuma delivered his first State of the Nation speech to a packed parliament. If you ignore for the moment Patricia De Lille’s eye-catching suit, the highlight of the day could have been the President’s announcement about FET Colleges.
FET Colleges will be, “the primary site for skills development training” President Zuma announced. There were no further details about what exactly this means.
Teacher union leaders understood the President to be saying that there would be a move away from the NCV curriculum that was introduced recently, and a move back towards more artisan training.
There could also be implications for Setas – and their skills development funds. Is this foreshadowing more funds being spent at FET Colleges and less with other providers? Can the 50 state FET Colleges really handle the lead role in providing all the skills that the country needs?