Levelling the higher education playing field
The National Skills Authority (NSA) chairperson, Lulama Nare, says government efforts to increase funding for students who qualify to study at public colleges and universities have expanded access to education in South Africa.
“Access has also been progressively expanded in TVET [technical vocational education and training] colleges. We just need to popularise the work that we are doing with the different skills [areas] to assist beyond what is offered in universities,” said Nare yesterday on the sidelines of the National Skills Conference held in Pretoria.
The NSA, in conjunction with Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, is convening the conference for stakeholders in the post-school education and training system. It ends today.
Speaking at the same event, the Director-General at the Department of Higher Education and Training, Gwebinkundla Qonde, said in the next five years, the department envisages to substantially expand access to education and training for youth and adults, regardless of whether they have completed school or not.