Stu­dents to shut down cam­puses

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TECH­NI­CAL and Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (TVET) stu­dents are in­tend­ing to shut down all three col­lege cam­puses in the city, in ob­jec­tion to essen­tial cour­ses be­ing ex­cluded from the 2019 cur­ricu­lum.

A no­tice was pub­lished last week to ad­vise that all part-time, cor­re­spon­dence, re­peaters, exam only and sup­ple­men­tary exam classes would no longer be of­fered as from next year.

Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Com­mit­tee (SRC) deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral Nom­pumelelo Nqumashe said yes­ter­day that there had been no con­sul­ta­tion be­fore this de­ci­sion was im­ple­mented.

“Stu­dents are un­happy be­cause they will have no al­ter­na­tives if they need to re­peat a year. Those who are only exam stu­dents as they are un­able to af­ford to at­tend classes will also not be able to write their ex­ams. Work­ing stu­dents will also not be able to study part time. These stu­dents will be forced to at­tend a TVET col­lege in an­other province if they need to com­plete their cour­ses. It will re­sult in a high drop-out rate. Stu­dents who write ex­ams from other ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions will no longer be able to do so at the TVET col­lege,” said Nqumashe.

She added that no rea­sons were provided for this de­ci­sion.

“There were no en­gage­ments with the SRC, stu­dents or mem­bers of the public. This will serve to lower the num­ber of stu­dents who wish to en­rol at TVET col­leges. We were not in­formed on what ba­sis this de­ci­sion was taken. This pol­icy does not speak to the needs of this Province.”

Nqumashe stated that this “dras­tic de­ci­sion” was taken six weeks af­ter the new prin­ci­pal was ap­pointed.

“The prin­ci­pal tried to im­ple­ment the same thing at the col­lege in the Free State be­fore he came to Kimberley. This de­ci­sion is un­con­sti­tu­tional, un­law­ful and it is in con­flict with pro­vi­sions made by the Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion re­gard­ing the men­tioned modes of de­liv­ery. It is not in line with any na­tional man­date.”

She in­di­cated that an emer­gency meet­ing would be held by the SRC with stu­dents to plan a course of ac­tion.

“The col­lec­tive shall use a lan­guage that only op­pres­sors seem to un­der­stand.”

Nqumashe pointed out that the col­leges could ill-af­ford dis­rup­tions to their aca­demic pro­gramme.

“Stu­dents are ag­grieved, the SRC is frus­trated … we need to cor­rect this mat­ter be­fore things be­come out of hand.”

No re­sponse was re­ceived from the North­ern Cape Ur­ban TVET Col­lege by the time of go­ing to press.

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