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Nzimande worried about FET graduates

2011-08-03 20:39

Durban - The performance of graduates from further education and training (FET) colleges raised concerns, High Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Wednesday.

"A sparse analysis of the performance of our FET college graduates raised concerns," said Nzimande addressing delegates attending a KwaZulu-Natal Seta forum in Durban.

Nzimande said the success and employability rates were low, adding that it was worrying that linkages between colleges and the industry were few.

"There are concerns regarding the alignment between what is being taught at the colleges and what industry needs. That is why the employability of college graduates is low,” he said.

To address the problem, government had resolved to turn every workplace into a training space to accommodate graduates who need experience.

"We intend to increase learnerships at all levels of government and we expect the state owned enterprises to do the same."

The priority would be given to FET and students from the universities of technology graduates, Nzimande said.

He said there were 5 000 university of technology students who could not complete their studies because they did not have the work place experience component.

There were also 20 000 FET graduates who had completed their studies but could not qualify for jobs because they could not access the work place experience component, he said.

Comments
  • jock - 2011-08-03 21:06

    well you are in charge so what are you going to do about it,blame someone else

      Benzo - 2011-08-03 21:39

      Well said. He took the job, now work on a solution and quickly. Don't tell us your problem, come with a solution.

  • GTA_Lad - 2011-08-03 21:08

    What should cause concern is the pathetic performance at PRIMARY SCHOOL Blade. If you don't lay down the foundations then you might as well be building a mud hut.

      MandlaSithole - 2011-08-04 09:53

      @GTA_Lad, spot on. The FET statistics show the failure at lower levels. Thats what you get when students can move to next grade on 35% pass mark. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Moeletsi-The-President/205134709529957

      GTA_Lad - 2011-08-04 10:07

      Mandla, the scary thing is even if primary education gets sorted today, it'll still take 20 odd years for the full effects to be felt

      cerveza - 2011-08-04 11:07

      @GTA_Lad - Blade is probably the most useless commie to have ever walk this earth otherwise he would have known how to solve the education problem, since the one thing the USSR and DDR did correctly was providing a high level of education starting at kindergarten level. Even the Americans missed the fact that proper education start from the bottom when they tried to catch up with the Russian standard of education and failed But he is so busy enjoying his capitalist luxuries and making donations disappear from the boot of his car, that he does not even use a system that worked, that he is suppose to be an expert of as leader of the communist party, but instead he exposes himself as just another strategically deployed cadre that has no clue to what he is in control of

      African'shtr - 2011-08-04 13:13

      the reason they don't take us in private companies it is only because we are a threat on them, they don't have qualifications, they only have six months certificates on their hands and experience, which that doesn't count that much on our global world if you are un-educated

  • JWock - 2011-08-03 21:10

    Quoting: "To address the problem, government had resolved to turn every workplace into a training space to accommodate graduates who need experience.". IE, instead of fixing the FET, they place the responsibility on business. Time to open my own useless training business and make lots of free money.

      cerveza - 2011-08-04 11:11

      @JWock - it is a system that is working very successfully in Germany. It is called Ausbildung and provides advantages for both employer and wannebe-employed. After-all, who knows what your business needs as a future employee better then you?

  • Macho Mike - 2011-08-03 21:22

    WTF, why? You only need 30% to pass yebo,but industry does not accept standards of 30%. The gap must and will widen as a result, simple.

  • sharpeijane - 2011-08-03 21:33

    So "employ" them in government and swell the civil service to a totally unsustainable level. More important - make them employable in the commercial and industrial sector (private) - i.e. fix the frigging education system. Idiots.

  • Charles N - 2011-08-03 22:50

    Does a company have to pay for work experience staff?

  • Bill - 2011-08-04 00:57

    It's the curse of the Bell Curve Phenomenon, I tell ya! Definitely going to continue to haunt this population and nation, until the second coming!...Guaranteed!

  • dagwood4455 - 2011-08-04 06:40

    ja julle wil mos, kry vir jou!

  • KrayZee - 2011-08-04 07:36

    And so you should be Blade! You and your government cronies are now seeing the effect of ludicrous education policies, corruption at the highest levels of government and inappropriate direction of funds (remember your new ministerial vehicle?)theft from state coffers, in fact the inability of the current crop of ANC palookas to govern a country effectively. The solution: Those in the ANC with "old style" values must come to the fore and get rid of the incompetents, thieves and arrogant fools currently posing as government and toot sweet too! Remember "Evil triumphs where good men do nothing".

  • Eleck - 2011-08-04 07:55

    Without experience,competanncy,production&profit there,s no company that can survive.fet courses are not inline with industries standards.if govt wants to blame industries 4nt employing fet graduates then i,m shocked.industries need productive&profitable employees.if i were a manager i rather employ 10 competant workers in a place of 60 unproductiveline with industries standards.if govt wants to blame industries 4nt employing fet graduates then i,m shocked.industries need productive&profitable employees.if i were a manager i rather employ 10 competant workers in a place of 60 unproductive

  • Eleck - 2011-08-04 07:59

    Without experience,competanncy,production&profit there,s no company that can survive.fet courses are not inline with industries standards.if govt wants to blame industries 4nt employing fet graduates then i,m shocked.industries need productive&profitable employees.if i were a manager i rather employ 10 competant workers in a place of 60 unproductive

  • McDaNife - 2011-08-04 07:59

    They bring it upon themselves with their continuance strikes and vandalism giving studies the last on the priority list. No wonder you are getting duds.

  • Elaine - 2011-08-04 09:17

    Whatever happened to the old 'bad' system of serving an apprenticeship? Learning from the bottom rung up? Earning a pittance while you are learning? ( in fact, at one time an apprentice had to pay for the privilege!)Becoming a journeyman? Finally receiving your qualifications? Training others....nowadays no-one wants to do this anymore, the country has suffered from semi-educated kids wanting top wages who will strike to get more when there is no increase in productivity.

  • unknwnartist - 2011-08-04 09:37

    I studied at a FET and at a university of technology about six years ago. What i noticed is that when it came to holiday internships some couldn't give an ass and others rocked up with poor self representation and treated it like detention and did the bear minimum. The few that took it as a learning curve and got stuck in, have progressed. It seems that some of the black students think that if they managed to scrape through and get their diploma they would get a job. Unfortunately only the top third of the students leave with the tools they need to chase down their dream. The black students that went to old model C schools, kicked ass and are generally in the top third of the class. Few poor black students made it, the ones that did worked hard. Lectures and other students where keen to help these students cause they wanted to learn. The curriculum was also archaic and failed to keep up with the times, which meant one had to research the new methods and learn them in your own time.

      Kaygee - 2011-08-04 14:20

      Its comments like this that make me very proud to be a black person. It does not matter where you study, what matters is whether you wanna make it or not. What am trying to say is that most people do not give it their all with the stupid mentality that they will jump up and down when things do not go their way. This mentality makes me sick to my stomach. Why don't this people ever learn that the government is people and them holding leadership jobs will never provide for them. I told myself that I will never suffer while all my limps and tongue are in good condition, because no person will ever make me not achieve my dreams, which are a reward of hard work.

  • Tebza - 2011-08-04 17:20

    There are over 50 Colleges between PTA and JHB alone all run by Foreigners from Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and Nigeria etc where more than 15 000 Young South Africans go because of lack of finances but they are all not Registered for the past 10 years the DOE knowing about this but they are still operating. Nobody does anything about all this

  • Boerseun - 2011-08-04 18:23

    Maybe they need to get some apartheid education experts to help them out.

  • Kodisa - 2011-10-11 15:45

    There private companies out there who would like to help but they are not given the time of day to do presentations in schools because the school's heads and teachers do not care.

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