Letters to the Ed


The Department of Basic Education has extended contracts for teaching assistants. This extension applies to teaching assistants based in the Free State. 

Firstly, anyone who understand the Seta Process must realise it is fundamentally flawed.
No business should be totally responsible for educating their workers, unless it is an apprenticeship - but this is usually done with intervention from State. The duty of education, should be state intervention, educators and the workers themselves.

It is about time that we as South Africans - and Africans as such - realise that we are part of the global economy, where skills are being transferred frequently from one country to the next.Africans must immediately stop the mentality that everyone not of your specific culture and language, is seen as an alien and a threat

I am afraid to burst anyone’s bubble, however the seta’s are already doing toooo little. To have a course accredited involves far too much red tape.

We do not need to start again. We need to start at the top and systematically set NATIONAL standards to skill those SETAs in whose hands all aspects of provider evaluation, learning provision, and learner assessments rest.

The question is, could they not have done better for themselves if they had
been advised regarding less-known options which might lead to more long-term
careers/jobs? Would this not be a way to uplift communities and broaden the
skills base in South Africa?

I believe that issues within the education system need to be sorted before even targeting the motivation behind children.

Labour laws are being portrayed as being one sided and all in favour of the employee.Balancing the rights and obligations of employers and employees.

Do not know if I should say "YES!" or "Oh no!"!!! We are an NPO organization in the process of accreditation with HWSETA. As everyone, who walked this road, will know, it is a long and painful process.

Using the example of a swinging coo-coo clock it always swing near the middle. The Union: the unions when they used to run management they push the indicator way back to the far left, and management use the push it way back to the right. There are no half way about the business of things, they?d figured one of them should definitely get the benefit of it.

In my opinion, having had experience with the Services Seta,Ceta, Chieta and Merseta, as well as the Department of Labour, it is the person who is the visionary and who leads the team that makes the difference.

Thank you for your invitation to respond to "the idea embodied in the legislation of employers and employees in the sector coming together to run their own training initiatives, in their own best interests, has failed."
I speak as a service provider who has been involved for several years in provider and assessor accredition processes.

I wish to respond to the article "The way unit standards are developed is a major problem? posted by Bruno Bruniquel on 23-AUG-07
The cart is not put before the horse as stated in the article. SGB?s are made up of subject matter experts and they conduct consultation with other subject matter experts and stakeholders before submitting the unit standard to SAQA for initial scanning and approval

I am a training facilitator training assessors, moderators, evidence collection facilitators "coach? and "mentor? courses, from what I have experienced especially with learnerships is that they are failing horribly.

A response to a recent letter we ran on Employment Equity, arguing the other side of the story.

Debbie raises the question of what people regard as 'cool' jobs, and how these views affect demand for certain scarce skills.

Claudelle astutely notes that there is no obligation for business to engage with SDF's, as the SDF's carry no definable responsibility in the business' structure, and the effects of this apathy on the effectiveness of the system as a whole.

"The criteria for application and allocation of funds for the implementation of learnerships differ so drastically from Seta to Seta its just not funny. Yes legislation is vague and allows the SETA?s to determine criteria for allocating funding and I therefore the reason for calling it discretionary funds".

I am in regular contact with smaller trainer providers and it is scary that a lot of them don't mind that their trainers don?t know any more than what is written in the manual they are presenting! I thought it a wall established practice that you need to be 2 levels higher (education/experience wise) than what you are training?

I think your argument that "private training providers, who are generally more aware of the actual needs of business, be bolstered" is a flawed one. Private training providers operate for profit, and are already subsidised through the Skills Levy.