FET bill 'will address skills shortage'
Cape Town - ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga has welcomed the passing of the Further Education and Training (FET) colleges amendment bill.
"We believe it is an important piece of legislation as it allows for the consolidation, alignment and proper co-ordination of the roles of FET Colleges," he said on Wednesday.
"The transfer of responsibility for FET colleges from provinces to the department of higher education and training will allow the department to address the current skills shortage facing the country, and assist in the provision of scarce skills for business."
He said aligning the curricula of colleges with integration of the policy would ensure "qualitative management" and governance of the colleges.
"We are certain the department of higher education and training will provide the same oversight role for FET colleges as they do for universities," Motshekga said.
"Parliament will also partner with the department to strengthen our oversight over these institutions to ensure improved efficiency and effectiveness of operations."
The bill followed a decision in 2009 to split the education ministry into two separate ministries.
This necessitated moving the adult education and training and FET college functions from provincial education departments to the national department.
The bill also provides the opportunity for the majority of FET college sector staff to be state employees.
It was published on April 15 last year, and was approved by the National Assembly in September.