The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) says the TVET college system is receive greater attention in the future.
Four priorities have been outlined in the department’s latest annual report, issued earlier this month.
- Curriculum transformation and the establishment of academic boards at colleges
- improved student application, admission and placement processes
- improved, effective and efficient examinations systems and an improvement by colleges in the processing and submission of valid and accurate marking on behalf of students
- improved and effective college governance in line with the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).
The department also says that it has dealt with the 236,000 certificates which were backlogged, while another 80,000 NATED certificates and diploma still need to resolved.
This backlog is a result, it explains, of an examination system that has faced a major challenge as far as 1991 for NATED certificates and 2007, for NC(V) certificates.
Historically, the TVET sector was inadequately funded and the targets for enrolment and performance of students were not aligned to the financial and human capacity of the department.
On 1 April 2015, DHET took responsibility for the technical and vocational education and training.