Setas must reduce dependency on private providers

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While private providers have a place in the higher education landscape, Minister Blade
Nzimande argues that Seta’s have to become less dependent on skills development
and training programmes provided by private consultants.


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Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) bodies have been urged to move
away from its reliance and funding of private providers in order to focus on and grow
public sector educational resources.
"There are some very good private providers who are doing artisan training, but
our own orientation as the department is that we have to build the capacity of the
public sector in order to ensure sustainability,' said Higher Education and Training
Minister Blade Nzimande.
According to a Business Day Live report Nzimande said the bulk of the money
given to Seta’s was being used largely to pay private providers and described this
situation as a barrier to fulfilling the Seta mandate.

For the 2012/13 financial year R9, 6 billion has been given to Seta’s. Nzimande
reported that almost 95% of Seta funds were being spent on private providers.
"You can’t leave artisan training exclusively or even largely to private providers
because those come and go.'

"Your public system will always be there because it will be funded by the taxpayers
so that we ensure as a country that we have ongoing supply.'

Seta’s were also reminded of their critical role in sourcing practical work
opportunities for graduates.
"..those who are studying at the universities of technology who require
learnerships as well as learnerships for FET colleges graduates, this is now very firmly
incorporated into the plans of Seta’s and this is very important because it is
historic.'

Learnerships form a big part of the post-school education plan according to
Nzimande, particularly training opportunities in "occupations, trades and professions'.

View
href="http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/education/2013/06/12/setas-to-work-clo…-
with-government"> Business Day Live Clip
By Cindy Payle - Skills Portal

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