TVET Colleges to have national shut down before academic year begins

By Drum Digital
17 January 2017

Another student protest is on the horizon as the South African Further Education Training Student Association says it is going ahead with the shutdown of 265 campuses at Technical Vocational Education Training colleges.

Another student protest is on the horizon as the South African Further Education Training Student Association says it is going ahead with the shutdown of 265 campuses at Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges.

The shutdown will take place on Thursday which is expected to affect the academic year which has just begun.

TVET colleges opened for registration last week Monday and some lectures are already taking place.

The association’s president, Yonke Twani, says they will not cease until their demands are met.

Some of their concerns are:

  1. The delay of the releasing of results and certificates of students.
  2. Insufficient National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding and the delay of accommodation and transport allowances.
  3. Unqualified lecturers.
  4. Poor infrastructure development
  5. Student victimisation by college management when raising these issues.

Twani says in some colleges, tuition fees have been increased without the consultation of students and Student Representative Councils.

“We will not go back to class until our demands are met. We expect colleges and government sign and commit to a memorandum of understanding,” Twani says.

“We believe that these issues can be resolved within a period of one year,” he added.

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