The number of students at FET Colleges will more than double to 1 million over the next few years if plans set out by Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande come to fruition.
He has also set the bold goal of ensuring that no poor youth with potential to succeed at higher education are excluded because of costs. Minister Nzimande also wants to improve standards at universities to ensure that students of all backgrounds can reach the required level.
With skilled graduates of universities and colleges in demand the world over, there is no denying that South Africa has to increase the number of young people who study further after school.
But can we afford to grow our training and education sector by such a large degree? And do we have the correct policies in place at our universities to ensure that our graduates have the skills that the business sector needs?