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4IR & Covid-19: Imperatives for restructuring the SD system
20th Jun 2020 at 10:41 am #75286
4IR and Covid-19 have forced us into a new reality that requires the re-examination and restructuring of our PSET system to prepare the workforce for the new world of work. The attachment describes the new ‘jobless’ world of work, changes in the nature of work, jobs and fixed occupations, and the skills required for flexible, temporary, virtual work relationships in the gig economy. Cosmetic changes (e.g. in the April National Planning Commission Report) simply won’t work: we need fundamental restructuring.
The article motivates the need for substantial changes to the PSET system, including: giving formal recognition (not NQF credits) for learning achievements in 4IR skills, making provision for the skills needs of small businesses & 4IR companies, scrapping (YES!) the OFO in the WSP and the QCTO qualifications model, and investigating other qualification models that don’t include work experience inside the qualification.
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22nd Jun 2020 at 6:24 am #75303Colette HeunesParticipant
This is so true. I just develop a 4IR focused HE qualification and when I wanted to do articulation pathways, there were basically none. The regulars and government keeps on talking about getting learners ready for the workplace but how must we do it, if the system and the qualifications that we sit witk do not support this?
Another key focus area will be to allow more flexibility around elearning and online learning. This is going to become the future. The QCTO does not even support distance learning.
Well written article.
Thank you for your contrubutions.
29th Jun 2020 at 5:51 pm #75399Louis NelParticipant
2nd Jul 2020 at 10:55 am #75417
Thanks Louis and Colette. Maybe COVID will finally get policy and decision makers to take the changes that are needed to the system seriously. Unfortunately, there are also many working “on the ground” who benefit through contracts and work opportunities to keep the status quo as is – for example compiling WSPs, running learnerships only for B-BBEE points, developing QCTO qualifications for occupations that will soon disappear, and the massive market for developing learning materials for the proliferation of qualifications. The sad part is that all these activities don’t make the slightest difference to the “Men-at-the-side-of-the-road” and their children who sleep hungry and cold.
1st Aug 2020 at 2:30 pm #75630
In case you missed by note on another group re the NSA Webinar on impact of COVID on PSET: The webinar was interesting to get the latest thinking from DHET and key role players – and for confirmation about the significant impact of COVID and 4IR. It was good to hear that DHET understands the impact on various aspects of the Post-School E&T System. However, what I found very disappointing is that there was not enough recognition for the need for a fundamental rethink & redesign of most aspects of the current PSET system. The approach to dealing with the crises relied too much on the current ‘logic’ / paradigms on which the system was built. We need to heed the warming of Peter Drucker: “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” Unless we do that, we are only re-arranging the chairs on the Titanic. Substantial changes are needed to the WSP/ATR, OFO, Occupational Qualifications, the grant system, B-BBEE, credit-recognition – to name the obvious ones.
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