Con­cern at low TVET en­tries

Sunday Tribune - - METRO - TSHEGO LEPULE [email protected]

CON­CERNS have been raised over the low num­ber of ma­tric­u­lants ap­ply­ing for fund­ing to study at Tech­ni­cal and Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (TVET) col­leges, de­spite at­tempts by the govern­ment to in­crease en­rol­ment at the in­sti­tu­tions.

Last week, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Naledi Pan­dor said when an­nounc­ing more than 400 000 ap­pli­ca­tions had been re­ceived this year for fund­ing from the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), “it is a con­cern that only 24% of the ap­pli­ca­tions are from learn­ers who wish to en­rol at TVET col­leges, with the bal­ance of 74% be­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for uni­ver­si­ties”.

This cast doubt on whether the govern­ment would reach its goal of hav­ing 2.5 mil­lion stu­dents en­rolled at TVET col­leges by 2030.

The pe­riod for NSFAS ap­pli­ca­tions opened on Septem­ber 3 and closed on De­cem­ber 3. Pan­dor said 63% of the ap­pli­cants were fe­male.

Prin­ci­pal at dis­tance vo­ca­tional-learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion Oxbridge Academy, El­bie Lieben­berg, said de­spite the econ­omy be­ing slug­gish there was a con­tin­ued de­mand for skilled work­ers.

“Too many young peo­ple opt for generic de­grees at uni­ver­si­ties, and then find they are not ad­e­quately pre­pared for the real world of work, where em­ploy­ers look for peo­ple who can do spe­cific jobs in spe­cific sec­tors.

“Vo­ca­tional cour­ses are de­signed to equip stu­dents with job-rel­e­vant skills and pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to earn a qual­i­fi­ca­tion that is di­rectly linked to a cho­sen ca­reer path.”

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