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.

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

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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