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Busa2BusinessLive reports that the government has conceded that the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges face dire financial difficulties, saying it will soon approach business for help.  

Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Minister Blade Nzimande said on Wednesday that his department had been perversely underfunded for a long time and that this had affected the ability of the department to carry out some of its mandated responsibilities.  On Thursday, a declaration was signed by the department, labour unions and the business community, committing stakeholders to resuscitating TVET colleges and ensuring students were employable by the time they left school.  Business Unity SA’s (Busa’s) Sino Moabalobelo said that once the final version of the declaration was available, Busa had to circulate it to members "to enable us to obtain a mandate".  Deputy director-general of TVET colleges Firoz Patel conceded that colleges had been neglected in the past, leading to a number of compounding issues such as insufficient lecturer training, poor infrastructure maintenance and an outdated curriculum.  Through the declaration, the department has called for a co-ordinated funding mechanism across higher education institutions and greater participation by business.

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