As is the case with government elections, the SETA movement usually gets busy around the time restructuring and similar performance reviews / renewal proposals are due for consideration. Their standard party trick is to host a number of road shows and the like with appetizing appeals for constituants to attend. They then have all attendees sign the attendance register to demonstrate to their respective boards their level of active support around the country and the fact that they do engage directly with the fee-paying public. As we all know, that is usually the end of it until the next round of performance reviews. May I suggest that in future we all decline to sign the attendance register at any of these functions – at least until such time as the level of service becomes something one would be pleased to attest to.

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6 thoughts on “SILENT PROTEST

  • Brian Moores-Pitt Post author

    The SETA movement in general has got to be one of the biggest and most expensive cons of our time. Probably done more damage over the past decade than any of its predecessors combined. Remains unfit for purpose and fundamentally unaccountable. Its greatest success seems to be in rechanneling private sector funds back into the public sector education system. Now that it falls under Education and a Minister from the far left, we can expect that to pick up as well. Perhaps it should fall under SARS!!! – at least the tax authority has raised its game markedly over the same time period and has some QMS.

  • Tim The Trainer (Tim de Bruyn)

    Has anyone actually ever seen a SETA’s QMS? Surely if they are the body with a section that ensures we operate according to a QMS and that we may not not loose documents, leave matters unattended for years, ignore complaints etc, then surely they must have some form of standards? Ya right

  • Brian Moores-Pitt Post author

    Hi Nigel,
    Thanks for your views. I guess the greatest irony is that if this was the level of performance of any executive in any private sector organisation anywhere in the world, they would have been out on their ears years ago. It is absolutely amazing how they are able to continue to bulldust most of the people most of the time. Must be some talent there somewhere!!!

  • Nigel Shipston

    Hi Brian,
    Welcome to the unwelcome!
    I find it fascinating that these SETA’s have a lot in common, in that they are quite capable of generating sufficient “evidence” to support their continued existence. Irrespective of their lack of experience and qualification, they continue to dictate to those of us who can add value to the system, how they want the system to operate(?). Try and put the system right and you are totally ignored. Perhaps it is their very lack that causes a reaction of this nature, a defence mechanism that keeps them on the gravy train, but looking good on paper by means of very deft and extreme manoeuvres.

    I know the feeling, been there, done that. Let me know when the revolution starts, I will hold the banner up front with you.

  • Brian Moores-Pitt Post author

    Hi Des,
    Good point but usually they suggest that attendance is either compulsory or that the benefits will be really worthwhile. For the uninitiated, it always looks hopeful and, as the letters suggest, some believe that by engaging in this way they will improve their chances of success. Of course, the promises are also always many. Some folk still feel the need to go just to find out but having done so they should still decline to sign the registers until the deliveries are made. Personally, as I don’t get an invite anymore I don’t have the opportunity to protest in this way.