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graduate thumb100 Mail & Guardian reports that the Nelson Mandela University’s (NMU’s) launch of an advanced diploma in technical and vocational teaching is a direct response to and addresses the vision expressed in three national policy statements.  

These comprise the white paper for post-school education and training, the National Development Plan and the policy on professional qualifications for lecturers in technical and vocational education and training (TVET).  These policies emphasise the centrality of the TVET sector in addressing some of the huge social and economic challenges that face SA.  The government wants to have 2.5-million students in TVETs by 2030.  This means the TVET student population needs to be grown by about 1.7-million in the next 11 years.  The current almost 800,000 students require approximately 10,000 lecturers operating in the 50 colleges countrywide.  These numbers imply an influx of an additional 20,000 lecturers over the next 11 years.  Starting in 2019, the new qualification will create the opportunity (on a part-time basis on NMU’s Missionvale campus) for those currently teaching in the sector who are deemed academically qualified but professionally unqualified to become TVET lecturers.  Furthermore, the qualification will place huge emphasis on the relationship between the classroom and the workplace and create the opportunity for those who lack workplace-based experience to gain such experience.  In short, the advanced diploma in technical and vocational teaching will make it possible for a matric pupil to decide, as a career choice, to become a TVET lecturer.


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