FET Colleges

Now known as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges, what were previously called FET colleges provide after-school education for those who choose not to attend a traditional university. Offering courses in a wide variety of fields, TVET or FET colleges focus on providing education and training to students in marketable and practical skills to allow them to qualify to do a myriad of jobs. TVET or FET colleges offer a popular alternative to university studies for students who were not accepted to study a degree and are of great import in South Africa. The number of TVET colleges is increasing rapidly, providing students with marketable skills and the ability to do essential jobs. This is how TVET or FET colleges will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Africans.

As part of the turnaround strategy for the country?s Further Education and
Training (FET) colleges, a new policy has been introduced to ensure that
learners are in class and on time.

With the aim of creating a common understanding of training, recognition
and accreditation requirements among FET colleges, the Transnet NSF Project
has been launched.

FET College students gathered for the historical launch of a new independent
student body which is mandated to address the challenges facing young
people in these educational facilities.

The partnership and friendly rivalry between Northlink and Blackburn college
allows the institutions to exchange resources and best practices and
continuously evaluate the standard of education from both colleges against
international standard.

A Centre for Entrepreneurship (CEF), which will help to develop local
entrepreneurs, has been launched at the King Hintsa FET College for
Agriculture in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.

Those responsible for managing FET Colleges have been asked to disclose
their financial
positions, including funding from external sources, in order to weed out
corrupt
activities and unethical behaviour.

The partnership between Setas and FET Colleges has been cemented in the Western
Cape now that three new Seta offices have been established. The purpose of the
initiative is to promote FET Colleges and offer local students greater access to
workplace opportunities.

25 schools and FET colleges from across South Africa participated in context
challenges that require real-world technological solutions, in one of SA's most popular
science and engineering competitions.

The implications of the Green Paper on Post School Education and Training is one of
the topics that will be addressed by Minister Blade Nzimande in hte North South VCET
ICT Conference. He is also expected to tackle the issue of distance learning in higher
education.

Two FET college campuses have been shut down due to violent protests and
intimidation from
a group of rebel students. The seven students have been suspended and will face
legal action if they continue to harass lecturers and disrupt educational activity.

Many are wondering if the Nkandla municipality received preference in the plans to
build FET colleges around the country. However, these accusations have been heavily
refuted by the Minister of Higher education and Training, Blade Nzimande.

The transformation of traditional teaching methods is required if South Africa hopes to
improve its education system. This means moving away from teacher-centred
education models toward "learning emancipation".

The Vhembe FET College has been the fortunate beneficiary of high-tech electrical
engineering equipment provided by Eskom. This contribution is in line with
government’s objective to create an enabling environment for all FET colleges and
forms part of the Youth month celebrations.

The 1st Annual National FET Conference 2013 will take place this September and
practitioners, experts academics and researchers in the FET sector have been urged
to register online and join the mission to solve some of the biggest challenges facing
the FET sector.

Engineering students at FET colleges will have to wait a bit longer to receive their
trimester results as the DHET refuses to publish results which it says have been
compromised. The College of Cape Town has come out in support of the DHET's
position.

The decision to withhold certain FET college exam results was taken "to protect the
integrity of the national examination system" and the students who wrote the exams.
This is according to a statement published by the Department of Higher Education.

FET college students have been demanding the release of their tri-semester
results, which have been delayed for approximately two weeks. The Department of
Higher Education and Training (DHET) has finally responded to these demands with
claims that the exam process has been compromised.

Students from Further Education and Training Colleges have not yet received their tri-
semester results from the Department of Higher Education and Training. This has
caused uproar amongst SASCO members who have described the delay as a "vicious
attack'.

Improved pass rates in FET colleges and better financial support for students are just
some of the achievements the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade
Nzimande highlighted during his annual budget vote speech.

Academics, researchers and industry role-player have been invited to present
relevant topics at, the first of its kind, National FET Conference. Selected presenters
will have the opportunity to showcase new research, developments, programmes or
products relating to FET development.

With the aim of minimising failure and dropout rates in FET Colleges, role players in the
higher education sector will meet at the 1st Annual National FET Conference, to
exchange best practice ideas and address the way forward in terms of the National
Development Plan.

Minister Blade Nzimande has always demonstrated unwavering support of FET
colleges, and has clearly articulated his plans to use FET colleges as the primary
vehicle to up skill young South Africans and boost employment. But is government
attempting to save a sinking ship?

The decision to offer training opportunities to students from Further Education and
Training (FET) by the City of Tshwane has not gone unnoticed by Dr Blade Nzimande.
Other municipalities have been urged to follow this example.

Students from Further Education and Training (FET) institutions in the City of
Tshwane will receive the opportunity to train. The City has noted the importance of
education and training as a key foundation for social development and progress.

Minister Blade Nzimande outlined government?s vision for FET Colleges and the role
SRCs should play as FET Colleges move from provincial to national competence, when
he opened a capacity building workshop for all student leadership in Pretoria.

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