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graduate thumb100 BusinessLive reports that MPs were told on Wednesday that the delays in issuing certificates to students from technical and vocational education training (TVET) colleges were hampering their capacity to find employment.  

The umbrella body for TVET colleges, the SA College Principals’ Organisation (Sacpo), told the select committee on education and recreation that some students had waited more than 10 years for their certificates.  Sacpo’s Hellen Ntlatleng sketched a picture of a sector in disarray: certificates sometimes had incorrect details, or were sent by the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) to the wrong campuses; college officials failed to arrange for certificates to be sent to the correct campuses in their institutions; and colleges struggled to get feedback from the DHET about outstanding certificates.  Despite the DHET’s assurances in 2017 that the backlog in issuing diplomas and certificates had been cleared, many students were still waiting for their documents, Ntlatleng claimed.  The DHET’s acting chief director for examinations, Daniel Ramakopa, challenged her portrayal of the issue, saying the backlog had largely been cleared.


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