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MQASowetanLive reports that the quality of a six-month skills training programme given to 80 unemployed youth at a cost of R11m has been brought into question.  

The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA), a sector education and training authority (Seta), funded the learnership programme that is now the subject of a dispute over payment between it and a service provider.  VSL General Trading, which provided the skills training at a cost of more than R100,000 per student, is embroiled in a bitter feud with MQA over nonpayment of an outstanding R2.8m.  The company provided training to 80 unemployed youth from Khuma township near Klerksdorp in the North West.  But a report by the authority's monitoring and evaluation unit has painted a worrying picture on the quality of the skills training received by learners.  The report recommended that an outstanding payment of R2.8m not be made as participants in the course would not be getting credit-bearing certificates and objectives had not been met.  VSL has already been paid almost R8.5m in three tranches.  MQA board chairperson David Msiza advised that the VSL contract was among three contracts on learnerships and internships they would soon launch investigations into.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Isaac Mahlangu at SowetanLive

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