Grocott's Mail

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.


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