Minister Nzimande sets out PSET 2020 State of Readiness & Objectives


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      sylvia hammond
      Keymaster

      “In the year 2020, we will be implementing a new SETA landscape to further respond to the skill demands of our economy. We will ensure that we strengthen, realign and repurpose SETAs so that they respond to the skills needs of our economy” (page 3).

      The success of the work of all skills-universe members, in various ways – relies upon the functioning of the Department of Higher Education (DHET). So, the preparation for 2020 by Dr Blade Nzimande, the Minister of Higher Education Science and Technology is central to our planning and achievement.
      The full report of the press briefing (23 January 2020) is attached.

      The Minister has been holding briefings, and hearing concerns from a range of stakeholders, amongst others: representatives of educational institutions, students and SRC bodies, political, trade unions, civic, faith, and traditional leaders.

      DHET was formed in 2009, by separation of the post-school education and training (PSET) structures from the Department of Education. The PSET vision was set out in the White Paper, adopted by cabinet in 2013, and is integral to our National Development Plan. 2020 marks the start of the second decade of DHET.

      In addition to the intriguing paragraph at the top of this post, the plan for the year continues the building and development programme of public higher education institutions. New universities have been built, and the Technical and Vocational Colleges (TVET) have been integrated into the landscape. The plan is to strengthen capacity, artisan skills through the TVET colleges identified as Centres of Specialisation (COS). 26 TVET campuses will focus on priority trades, and additional campus sites will be developed.

      The draft policy on National Norms and Standards for funding Community Education and Training (CET) Colleges (2019) is intended to develop colleges to provide for out of school youth and adults – skills, education, and training.

      The report also deals with the funding and support of students. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), the challenges, changes made, and the strategy to minimise fraud. The Minister notes “worrying acts to ‘capture’” institutions by both external and internal forces.

      Guidelines for DHET bursary scheme for university students have been approved. Various forms of support are outlined, with the original focus on the poorest students. Then an awareness of a “missing middle” layer – the next challenge, possibly to be addressed by a combination of private sector, National Research Foundation (NRF), and other funding. Post-graduate funding is also noted particularly as a critical issue.

      The report covers the various layers of student funding – depending upon institution, residential type, and level of qualification – in detail.
      Finally, the department is finalising the Policy Framework on Gender-Based Violence.

      Further reports on the media presentation are available on: http://www.skillsportal.co.za and http://www.thecareersportal.co.za

      Skills-universe members will watch with interest the “repurposing” developments at the SETAs.

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    • #73348
      Rudy Maritz
      Participant

      Quite an interesting selection of Stakeholders engaged in the way forward. However, don’t see any employers there. After-all, what the point of skills development if people still can’t do the job. What is our skills need? How is this being addressed in 2020?

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        sylvia hammond
        Keymaster

        Hi Rudy, thanks for your response. Your question about skills needs is definitely the topic for a further discussion. I will table that for next week.

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