FET colleges must be institutions of choice: Zuma

2012-04-04 19:03

Pretoria - Further Education and Training (FET) colleges are just as important as universities and technical universities, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

"We must therefore change the mindsets in our society and enable FET colleges to become institutions of choice for many young people, so that we can obtain much needed technical skills," he said.

Zuma was speaking at the skills development summit in Pretoria.

He said that for FETs to be successful the lecturers would have to be exposed to workplace realities and the latest technology. "Graduation rates will need to rise... and curricula will need to be constantly updated to reflect changes in the world of work," he said.

He said the colleges would have to try and register as many students as possible. "We want school leavers, including disheartened ones, some of whom stand in street corners daily with no hope for the future, to be able to come back to the education and training system."

Zuma said there were sectors where jobs could be created to accommodate FET college graduates.

These included mining, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.

He said the colleges should partner with Sectoral Education and Training Authorities (Setas).

"The Setas can channel resources for skills development to the colleges and also play a pivotal role in helping the colleges to build partnerships with employers in both the private and public sectors," he said.

Zuma said the National Skills Fund and the Setas would allocate R2.5bn over the next three years for the refurbishment and construction of FET colleges across the country.

  • Morne - 2012-04-04 19:43

    It seems that JZ is moving in the right direction. Technical Universities?

      John - 2012-04-05 00:20

      Couldn't agree more

  • Christiaan - 2012-04-04 20:22

    Ja Zuma,nou wil ek net weet...Waarom het julle ANC Ministers van Onderwys en Gesondheid al die Onderwys en Verpleeg Kolleges toegemaak??

      Martin - 2012-04-04 20:38

      Hy soek net votes !!!!! Ek stem saam ,nou 'n bietjie laat .

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-04-04 20:56

      @Christiaan. Ek stem saam. Government also agrees that the biggest blunder they made was in education: closed teachers training colleges; offered teachers massive packages to leave education (and with pockets full of money, they were lost forever to industry, commerce and overseas jobs. Not long after that the Department was desparately trying to get them back - to no avail. We're now in k*kstraat because of that. FETs are great but they won't get us out. Oh by the way, who's running education? Is it government or the unions?

  • Kolobe - 2012-04-04 20:38

    its as if he forgot about malema, what does zuma know about tertiary education?

  • Tony - 2012-04-04 21:17

    At last!! A decent sentence passes his lips. Lets hope its not just lip service though.

  • luzukotosh - 2012-04-04 22:38

    Very much welcomed and long over due. Thanks Mr. President

  • Johnnie - 2012-04-05 07:43

    Maybe they will have classes for politics too, because some of our Ministers sure as hell need plenty of education. Just wonder why all the Universities and Colleges were closed and now at big expense, they have to be rebuilt. But that is how it works with the ANC - everything gets broken down and then they try and re-invent the wheel, and the have not even invented a splitpin.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-05 12:55

    Oh heavens he is now going to get into the mindset of society. Now we are doomed.

  • Debbie - 2012-11-14 20:44

    I doubt if R2.5bn will be available with all the corruption. Now, if Pres. Zuma could give a pep talk on "abolishing corruption" as good as the one he gave above we might start to have at least a little respect. But then, if he did give a talk on corruption, who would listen because he himself is/appears to be corrupt? And a message from me "talk is cheap, money buys the whiskey"

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