The NSDS iii is still very much of a working document and subject to public hearings and submissions that will be taking place later this month.

The submissions will be perused and considered by experts in the various sectors that are affected socially, economically, politically etc. and hopefully by civil society who will look into the proposals submitted, oral submissions, suggestions and advice and they will submit to the Minister for Higher Education & Training by early September 2010 a well balanced document ( NSDS iii) for operation as of 1 April 2011.

I am of the view that private providers are not necessarily excluded, however many “fly by night providers” have taken advantage of a system that had many “leaks” and a weak link. Coupled with this is a proposed NSDS iii framework that can have a better scribe to write and develop the final document presentation and to include clarity on the right of private training providers to have the same recognition to that of the Colleges, Universities etc. There is of course a question mark raised on the quality, infrastructure, capacity and accessibilty of FET Colleges to the learner constituence in the country. What I would suggest is that private providers make a special effort during the public hearings for it as a stakeholder to get similar privileged recognition in the NSDS iii document in order that the Minister (DHET) can feel at least a little confident on the credibility and status of private providers who are in a good position to compete equally to other entities that offer training, The results in producing competent learners/students coming from private providers can certainly stand the “test of times” and can rightfully be placed ahead of many public training institutions.

The enhanced and better structured and managed SETA landscape are in any event the custodians of the various occupational sectors and their stakeholders on their Boards include and make provision for their respective stakeholders to ensure compliance, strategy and implementation. What is certainly chaotic and scary is the research done on futuristic scarce skills and what eventually gets fed into the various Sector Skills Planning.

We all know that most corporate businesses put very little effort in skills development and regard it as a legislative imperative, rather as a necessary need for improving a sustainable growth & economic development for all. We all know that during weak economic times, the first retrenchment happen in HR and in the Human Capital Sector with very little regard to the most important investment, its people.

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  • Des Squire

    Hi Moegsien
    I agree with you and it is so annoying seeing so many people jumping to conclusions. In terms of the various training programmes advocated – Access, Success and Progress – Pivotal – Foundation Phase (Abet etc) coupled with career guidance programmes and an increased emphasis on RPL I cannot see for the life of me how Private providers can claim to be left out. Full qualifications and skills programmes (accredited or not) will be delivered by both piublic and private providers. They will be funded by SETAS and the NSDF via the existing systems (WSP’s and ATR’s). Nothing changes. What amazes me is that I have read and studies the same documents other readers have read and can find no mention of the demise of the Private provider. What I did read and say some emphasis placed on was the potential need for both Public and Private providers to sttart working together towards a common goal – a goal< I might add, that is for the good of the beneficiaries – the learners. Once registered with Umalusi – the private and public providers have the same status. I am still of the opinion that the Public providers such as FET colleges in association with Universities of Technoology will continue to econcentrate on the more technical and vocational subjects. Private Colleges for the most part will continue to concentrate on the mor academic and professional. There will, I think, be a merging and sharing of roles as things go forward.
    The more I study the proposals put forward in the discussion document the more I feel I understand the thinking and the more supportive of the objectives I become. It’s time we moved forward and stopped living in the past.