TVET colleges reps to meet Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande on Sunday

By Drum Digital
25 January 2017

The South African Further Education Training Student Association (SAFETSA) is continuing its shutdown of 265 campuses at Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges in the country.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) says they have received the student organisation’s memorandum and will be engaging them in discussions on Sunday.

Yonke Twani, the organisation’s President says they are glad they received support from students in different provinces in the country to shut down the colleges. However, he says teaching is still taking place in colleges in the Eastern Cape.

Spokesperson of the DHET, Busiswa Gqangeni, revealed that they had invited the organisation to attend a discussion with students, student representative councils, university management and other stakeholders which SAFETSA declined to attend.

“We did not want to attend a meeting with people who are irrelevant stakeholders,” says Twani.

“We didn’t want to be part of a discussion with universities and other people so that the department can discuss broader higher education issues. We want them to focus on our memorandum and discuss our demands as SAFETSA.”

Twani says they have been consistent in their demand for a meeting with the minister.

“We received an email from the minister and we have agreed to meet on Sunday, to ensure that they meet the needs of students in TVET colleges,” he adds.

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