FORMER Msunduzi Municipality mayor Chris Ndlela started his term as the new principal of the Mnumbithi Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Tvet) college this week.According to Ndlela, a qualified teacher, education in South Africa is in need of serious improvement. “I took this position so that I can make a contribution to uplifting the education system in our country,” Ndlela said. He said he aims to make a difference by changing the attitudes that most South Africans have toward education by highlighting the many benefits that come from being educated. Ndlela said there is a shortage of skilled workers in South Africa. “Tvet colleges offer a number of practical skills that are in demand this country,” Ndlela said.Ndlela went on to say he would like to urge people to not look down upon Tvet colleges.“Tvet colleges are in no way inferior to universities,” Ndlela said. He said most unemployed graduates are university graduates, but very few Tvet graduates will find themselves unemployed upon completion of their studies. Ndlela said this is because Tvet colleges equip their graduates with practical skills that are needed.“Moving forward people must change these attitudes,” Ndlela said.When asked about plans to combat the protests that are becoming a major concern for tertiary institutions. Ndlela said he plans to work together with all stakeholders to ensure that all grievances are addressed. He said he cannot say that there will be no protests. “I will, however, do my best to ensure that all stakeholders are satisfied,” Ndlela said.