Trainees’ challenges under spotlight

2016-04-27 06:00
THE visit to the Montshiwa Primary School were attended, by from the left Andries Nel (deputy minister of Cogta), Lindiwe Zulu (minister of Small Business Development), Mildred Olifant (minister of Labour) and Pauline Williams (MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison). Photos: Boipelo Mere

THE visit to the Montshiwa Primary School were attended, by from the left Andries Nel (deputy minister of Cogta), Lindiwe Zulu (minister of Small Business Development), Mildred Olifant (minister of Labour) and Pauline Williams (MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison). Photos: Boipelo Mere

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CHALLENGES facing the 20 participants who trained in the South African School Administration and Management System (SA Sams) Programme were put under the spotlight.

This happened during the visit of South African deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the chairperson of the Public Employment Programme Inter-Ministerial Committee (PEP-IMC).

Ramaphosa visited Kimberley and Kuruman in the Northern Cape. He was accompanied by Mildred Olifant (minister of Labour), Lindiwe Zulu (minister of Small Business Development) and Andries Nel (deputy minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Z Cogta).

While the three ministers visited the Montshiwa Primary School, Ramaphosa proceeded to the Kuruman sites.

The 20 participants were placed at 20 different schools as part of the SA Sams programme to be trained in data capturing for a period of two months.

The trainees received a stipend, that covered travelling costs.

SA Sams is a robust computer application specifically designed to meet the management, administrative and governance needs of public schools in South Africa.

Apart from the challenges of school connectivity, unstable administration and unavailable data that the participants had to face, speaker after speaker addressed the issue of facing a dull future after the completion of the course.

Emphasis was put on the fact that the participants had to return to the same environment of unemployment and poverty, after getting used to the stipend they had depended on during the course.

Olifant advised that different departments should be invited, including the private sector, to come on board to absorb these participants on a full-time basis.

The principal of the Montshiwa Primary School, Isaac Ruiters, said government had “killed the goose” as the participants were of great assistance and the school could meet deadlines for the submission of data.

“The programme contains an overwhelming amount of data and the department can receive it in time as it is used for planning purposes and research,” said Ruiters.

Nel said the project is good in the sense that it displayed the potential to be linked with Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.

Olebogeng Modise, the chief education specialist of the Northern Cape Department of Education, promised that in an effort to take the programme forward, they had partnered with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to assist the participants with placement.

Modise asked that the budget for the course be increased so that all 127 schools in the Francis Baard District could benefit.

“Their employment chances can also be increased by adding Office Management to the course,” suggested Modise.

Two of the participants said that the course had helped them find employment at schools. One of them, Kebitsamang Molehane from Pampierstad, said the disadvantage was that there was not enough time to finish all modules.

“I used part of my stipend to pay for my registration at the North-West University and I am going to study BA Education,” she proudly revealed.

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