By donleffler, 10 January, 2013


Whilst the Education strategies, policies and goals (see below article below) are all worthy and necessary IMPLEMENTATION is lacking, we cannot afford to wait until 2030.

Immediate steps need to be taken to provide skills and to create employment.

It would be useful if we could have a strategy and policy that supports and encourages the establishment of Private Colleges (Centres of Learning) in rural and outlying areas which do not have tertiary institutions to meet the needs of local communities. This would be cost effective and cost efficient. It would build capacity and create “ladders” of learning for the youth in outlying and rural areas. This would contribute to local economic development.

Collaboration is needed between the Department of Education, Universities, FET Colleges, Schools, Private Training Providers, SETA’s and businesses to establish and assist in the funding of such ‘satellite’ Colleges (Centres of Learning) in rural and other outlying areas to provide accredited qualifications and skills training to meet the needs of local communities.

A Policy supporting a JOINT EFFORT whereby universities, FET Colleges, Schools and accredited Private Colleges enter into MOU's to share accreditation status so as to offer a broad range of QUALITY qualifications and vocational skills programmes will have enormous impact for Local Economic Development and for Community Development.

These Colleges could be managed privately under the MOU's and subject to stringent Quality Assurance measures.

Such a College (Centre of Learning) could offer a range of Vocational Training Programmes and Qualifications as well as short courses and skills programmes for local businesses and school-leavers. In this way local business can be encouraged to support local educational initiatives with MOU's between the nearest Universities, FET Colleges, Schools and Private Training Colleges.

This will allow capacity to offer Programmes in diverse areas such as Tourism, Hospitality, Agriculture, IT, Engineering and Business Skills.

We have identified a community which would be well positioned to be a 'pilot' for such a College.

Any support for this concept?????

Department of Higher Education committed to achieving expansion targets:

Skills Portal, Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:08

President Jacob Zuma in his National Development Plan speech set out a target that by the year 2030 each municipality should have it's own University. This would ensure that the youth and the rest of the country would have the necessary access to higher education. Which would accelerate the number of skilled workers being produced.

Plans have already been put in place with two new universities being built in the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga provinces.

Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande during an interview with SABC radio while at the Mangaung conference touched on key strategies in improving the standard of higher education in South Africa. Nzimande mentioned the strong need to expand universities within SA as it would ensure a higher number of skilled workers being produced.

A focus also needed to be placed on various sectors. Such as rural development, with veterinarian sciences being used as an example. As there is currently only one institution in the country which provides this course.

He then commented on the departments commitment to meeting the requirements made in the presidents speech.

In achieving it's targets of building two new universities by by 2014 along with the targets set out for 2030. Maths and science would need to be a priority as well as the lack of teachers who are qualified in teaching African languages.

Further importance has been put on expanding universities throughout the country and are being encouraged to find their own particular niche in providing distinct training courses that would set them apart. Skills training should be accelerated and provided to the different sectors in which there is a serious lack of skilled workers.

The Departments objective is to achieve the 2014 goal set out by president Zuma to build universities across the country and to eventually have a university in each municipality by 2030.

A major obstacle however to improving the level of education is the high number of unregistered FET colleges. These colleges often offer a poor standard of courses and take advantage of students naivety. Those students would be left in a difficult position as those courses wouldn’t be recognised when seeking employment. Many colleges are not SACO accredited or not registered with the Department of Higher Education. A common practise is that colleges are accredited to provide a specific course but then fraudulently provide other courses as well without having the accreditation.

Ministers have urged police officials to clamp down on this with numerous arrests having been made recently.


Private Tertiary Institutions have a very significant role to play in South Africa's drive to ensure quality and capacity FOR ALL in education and skills development. An enabling environment is required to encourage and support Private Colleges to partner Government in its endeavours to implement actions to build all economies.   However, it seems as if Private Colleges are being deliberately isolated and it would be interesting to have statistics on the number of Colleges which have closed NOT BECAUSE OF THE SERVICES THEY OFFERED BUT BECAUSE OF THEM BEING ISOLATED THROUGH COSTLY ACCREDITATION PROCESSES THROUGH INEFFECTIVE SETA's .




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