Skills-universe members will be interested to see two documents published for comment:
This document is a must read for everyone working in the area of AET. It explains the administrative and legal context of positioning all this under DHET and within communities, and as an additional educational institutional type within the Post-school Education and Training (PSET) landscape.
The policy addresses those who remain the most disadvantaged – youth and adults who remain outside of the formal economy and outside of access to the advantages that education provides. It explores a more pragmatic flexible approach to learning for these disadvantaged groups and proposes the Community Education and Training Centre (CETC) and Community Learning Centres (CLC) as a further supplement to the TVET colleges – addressing those who don’t want or need a formal qualification but could usually apply certain skills.
The document is extremely easy to read, very logically set out with the context, purpose, and process for establishment of these institutions. Issues of staffing and the programme offerings are covered.
If you are interested in education and training, skills development, transformation, reducing poverty and unemployment, and making South Africa work better, please take the time to read this document and comment.
This document anticipates the desire and requirement for research to be undertaken at the new institutions described above. The document sets out the requirements, the application forms, the ethical considerations, and the reporting requirements on research approved, undertaken, or refused.
Both documents are well worth your time – and of course if you can make critical comment – all the better.