Profile of the TVET Sector
The TVET sector has been subject to restructuring programmes launched by the government in the past few years. TVET colleges now fall under the mandate of the DHET and have migrated from the provincial sphere. The rational for this shift was to develop an integrated post-school education and training sector. TVET colleges have been criticised for not producing sufficient quality in the management and delivery of teaching and learning which is reflected by the weak output of graduates and the limited access of students to workplace learning opportunities. Most recently the national turnaround strategy announced in November 2012 is meant to ‘address the levels of functionality and dysfunctionality in colleges, and bring about comprehensive sustainable improvement in college performance’ (DHET, 2012).
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