Delays in issuing certificates hold training graduates back

2015-12-01 10:27

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Pietermaritzburg - Delays in issuing of certificates and diplomas have left Umgungundlovu Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College graduates in despair.

The graduates said some of them had waited for their certificates for more than two years.

Emmanuel Ndlovu said they had been “sent from pillar to post”.

“After finishing our N6, the campus administration told us to submit all our verified work experience and academic information for the issuing of our diplomas,” he said.

The information would then be sent to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

“After six months our documents come back to the college for more information. This is confusing because the exam officer at college checks if we have filled everything in correctly before they accept it. It is a complete waste of time,” said Ndlovu.

Public management graduate Zonke Dlamini said he submitted all his supporting documents in 2013 after finishing his studies and to date he had not received his diploma.

Dlamini said he saw the “energy consuming” 18 months of theory and a further 18 months of practical experience as a waste of time as he now cannot get a job. “The college furnished me with a letter saying that I had finished my studies and my diploma would be ready in six months. We were advised to show those letters to potential employers when looking for employment. That six months has elapsed now and it is very difficult to explain to potential employers why my certificate has not been issued,” he said.

Another public management graduate, Thembelani Ndlovu, said he had been “sent from pillar to post”. “I submitted my work in August 2014. The exam officer at school checked it, and said everything was filled in correctly.

“Four months later I got a message that my work had been returned back, asking for more information,” he said.

Ndlovu said he had not heard anything after resending his documents in March. “This is a difficult situation because I financed my studies which cost R13 000 and I cannot get a job afterwards,” he said.

Umgungundlovu spokesperson Lynn Horan said the college and other TVET colleges in the country had raised the issue with Higher Education and Training on “numerous occasions”. On the students’ work being sent back she said, “As all students’ applications for diplomas differ, the DHET does verify all aspects of the application. They verify all work experience, either by contacting the employer or asking for additional information from the student.”

Spokesperson for the DHET Khaye Nkwanyana admitted the department was aware of the delays.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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