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Well, there goes the TVET colleges plan


Well, there goes the TVET colleges plan

Massive budgetary cuts will see enrolment at TVET colleges drop by almost 139,000 over three years


The government’s move to enrol more pupils at the country’s 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges has been dealt a severe blow after it emerged that student numbers will have to be reduced by almost 139,000 over three years because of a R4.3bn budget cut.

Earlier this month, basic education minister Angie Motshekga gazetted the General Education Certificate (GEC) for grade 9 pupils, paving the way for those passing to either complete grades 10 to 12 at school, attend a TVET college, or pursue an occupational qualification at public schools that have been designated as schools of skill.

However, higher education minister Blade Nzimande has revealed that the TVET sector’s budget for the period April 2021 to March 2024 had been cut by a massive R4.3bn which included a R3bn cut for staff salaries in the TVET sector...

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