Prevocational ed­u­ca­tion pupils not ac­cepted by ter­tiary

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

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.

Re­ported

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-

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