Focus on colleges, more students

2012-01-12 14:18

Pretoria - A green paper released by Higher and Education Training minister Blade Nzimande on Thursday envisages that more than 4.5 million students a year will be enrolled in universities, colleges and other post-school institutions.

According to the green paper, which was released in Pretoria, university enrolment needs to be increased from annual enrolment of almost 900 000 at 23 universities in 2011 to 1.5 million in 2030.

The focus of higher education would now be on Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, according to the paper.

The government aimed to have four million people enrolled at colleges or other tertiary institutions by 2030.


"The key area of focus for expansion must be the public further education and training college sector. Strengthening and then expanding the colleges will play a central role in building a larger and more vibrant college sector."

There are 50 multi-campus FET colleges around the country, which were formed by the merger of 152 technical colleges.

According to the green paper, the FET colleges had to become the institution of choice for school-leavers.

The problem with these institutions at the moment was that they lacked any real connection to the workplace.

"They must develop close ties to workplaces in the public and private sectors, becoming responsive to the needs of the employers in their surrounding communities, and offering tailor-made programmes where possible in addition to their core programmes."

According to the paper, "one factor which has played a role in preventing the strengthening of the college sector has been regular changes in their mandate".

In terms of quality, the universities were the strongest and most stable component of the tertiary education sector, but some of the universities were still beset "by serious problems and are unable to fulfil our peoples’ expectations".

Among the issues highlighted were racism and transformation, which Nzimande planned to tackle by forming "a permanent oversight committee" that would submit an annual report to him.

The public has until April 30 to comment on the green paper.

  • Andrew - 2012-01-12 14:33

    And it has taken 17 years to get to this conclusion, please enlighten us as to where all these educators are going to come from?

      John - 2012-01-12 14:50

      No problem, as most of them will drop out during or after the 1st year because their secondary education (i.e. matric) is at best mediocre.

      Willie - 2012-01-12 15:22

      "...17 years to get to this conclusion...." it took Blade 17 seconds to get himself 745 BMW > Education is not a priority

      nspaynter - 2012-01-13 08:24

      Building more colleges and universities is the easy part. Where are we going to get the lecturers and teachers? We have a lot of skills and knowledge right here in SA, but it's in the minds of people who are the wrong race and wrong gender. We are we not using this source of knowledge to better our country for all South Africans. So many of my white male friends, including lecturers and teachers are now overseas.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-13 08:30

      But knowing the way the ANC works, they would rather bring in Cubans and Chinese to teach our children.....

      Spyker - 2012-01-13 08:31

      It is staggering how much ANC24 worships its Mindless Master, by publishing a report that conveniently side-steps the critical elements articulated in other publications, on this matter. There is a simple analogy that will explain the key fallacy that is the ANC's lack of rational cognitive capacity, regarding EDUCATION - something the ANC (and others) believe is like thaumaturgy from the ancestors' and will magically solve everything. The analogy: If you have to tie a rope, between two immovable posts that are one meter apart and you have a rope that is half a meter long, how do you solve this problem..? The being with a rational intellect will get a rope that is long enough. In fact this is how the intelligent world tackles matter re education. The ANC on the other hand, will solve this problem by defying all the known laws of physics, as follows: it will create a new ruler, one that is less than half the size of everybody else’s ruler. Then guess what – the rope is suddenly long enough and will magically tie between the posts. We do NOT understand the essence of education. I am about to shock you – so sit down and do some breathing exercises. EDUCATION IS NOT A RIGHT. cont. below..,

      Spyker - 2012-01-13 08:31

      Education is a CONSEQUENCE, a consequence of receiving certain data (ie an input) – the way you process- and respond (iow the substance of your outputs) to this data input – that is EDUCATION. EDUCATION has only ONE MEASURE: ie what you PRODUCE (as a consequence) and nothing else. If education was a right, then you would be able to educate a brick – the only ‘right’ you may argue, it the right to the said input data. In simple terms: a qualification is worthless if you cannot do something with it, ie produce something of economic worth that is. Tangible example of a classic misconception about cognitive capacity and how it relates to ‘education’: much is said about the relatively high levels of genius-IQ’s in the East (Japan, China, etc) – yet, the vast majority of innovations come from the USA and old-Europe. Eg – statistically Facebook should have been invented somewhere in India or China, but it was not, so go figure... The ANC suffers from the most severe measure of cognitive incapacity – ie THEY DO NOT KNOW THAT THEY DO NOT KNOW. They are simply hunting for apparent statistics. The stats of QUOTAS that is. Eg – if they inhibit enough white people from getting a tertiary education, it will APPEAR as if more black people are getting tertiary qualifications, if you lower the standards enough, it will appear as if more black people are passing, etc. SA has one of two diametrically opposing options.., 1) A future or 2) The ANC.

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-12 14:50

    By 2030, you will be able to go to varsity after passing Grade 5 with 20% !! Wena ANC, will no longer be ruling South Africa !!

      Elizabeth - 2012-01-12 15:08

      Don't be so optimistic.....

  • Elizabeth - 2012-01-12 15:07

    And please dear esteemed Sir, Minister (or whatever) explain why Teacher and other Colleges were closed down in the very first place!!..............

      Gaby - 2012-01-12 16:02

      because it was a white thing that was working.

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-12 16:18

      because everyone wants a varsity degree but nobody is clever enough to figure out you can make more money being a good mechanic and opening your own business (this from a one of the said varsity students)

  • Walter - 2012-01-12 15:10

    It is absolutely worthless to mention these figures! Typical ANC propoganda to impress who ever that still since 94 falls for this crap.

  • Twolips - 2012-01-12 16:12

    Blade was probably one of those who voted in favour of closing down/amalgamating colleges post '94. Now he wants to start all over again?

      nspaynter - 2012-01-13 08:32

      Where are all the teacher training colleges we used to have?

  • Piet - 2012-01-12 16:26

    Yes give attention to the racism. White kids with top scores are turned away

  • Lesley - 2012-01-12 16:41

    Always blaming the problems on racism and transformation.When will they admit that they have caused the problems?

  • Shaun - 2012-01-12 17:47

    Yes, carry on transforming! Universities around the world now question SA students very carefully,on when they obtained their qualifications. I was nearly excluded from Oxford, because I had lost my actual degree, and was issued with a copy with date post 2000! Makes you think, doesn't it?

  • Mike - 2012-01-12 17:55

    FET's are an absolute waste of time. The quality of education is barely beyond that of high school and the diploma's issued are worthless in my opinion as the students still know nothing when they graduate. The very low standards are the reason that FET's are now the tertiary institue of choice - no need to work too hard.

      jacob.ngozo - 2012-01-13 14:19

      That's crap Mike! The economy of this country lies with the FET sector products. Have you ever asked yourself who fix your smoking car? Who ensure that the mines in the country produces? Most people who earn a salary that a University lecturer hopes to receive as his/her bonus are from the FET sector. Surely you don't have to believe me just make a research or ask your neighbour.

      Mike - 2012-01-17 05:56

      @jacob, having been through an FET I speak from experience. I have also employed people who have been through an FET and thus I speak from that experience as well. Since you raise it, there is good reason that FET lecturers get less than varisty lecturers and that is because they are generally weak lecturers that have very little grasp of the subject they are presenting.

  • Peter - 2012-01-13 05:57

    "The problem with these institutions at the moment was that they lacked any real connection to the workplace." I think the real problem here is that the students lack any real connection (and loyalty) to the institutions.

  • nspaynter - 2012-01-13 08:28

    I visited Cairo, Egypt a few years ago and found that tertiary education there is free. I think we should be going the same way. But with the understanding that education is a privilege and must not be abused. It is for students who WANT to work. If students don't pass they are disqualified. Money spent on sporting and political events would be better spent on education......

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