Prevocational education pupils not accepted by tertiary
Prevocational education has been received with mixed feelings by both parents and pupils following that most pupils who chose the prevocational subjects were not accepted to tertiary institutions.
Tertiary institutions maintain that the entry requirements have not changed to accommodate prevocational education and may only consider such once the prevocational subjects have been accredited by Cambridge.
Swaziland National Association of Teachers Secretary General Zwelithini Mndzebele also confirmed that parents have mounted pressure on the need for government to speed up the process of getting the prevocational subjects accredited by Cambridge to allow the pupils to qualify for tertiary education.
He said the ministry reported to have early this year, sent a team to the United Kingdom in l i ne wit h t hi s move. Mndzebele stated that the ministry would be better placed to report on the progress made thus far and whether pupils would now be accepted or not in tertiary institutions. The non recognition of the prevocational certificate by tertiary institutions had added insult to the injury as parents view such as the end of the academic journey of their children.
The argument advanced in the education sector policy is that for the coun- try to become regionally and globally competitive, and a major regional exporter of skilled human resources, there is an urgent need to re-position and market technical and vocational education and training.
The ministry acknowledges that currently there is uncertainty about demand for technical education and skills training which is compounded by underenrolment in secondary, prevocational courses and negative perceptions about vocational courses.
“The sub-sector itself is being restructured and graduate flows may be delayed to 2018. This confirms the urgent need for a directive policy and resourcing sufficient to achieve the sub-sector mandate – the sustained flow of skilled grad-