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Govt to take over permanent staff at FET colleges

The majority of teachers at FET colleges are currently privately employed by the respective institutions.

Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says government will take over the employment of all permanent staff at Further Education and Training (FET) colleges throughout the country by April next year as part of a programme to revitalise post-schooling education.

Nzimande addressed the national congress of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) on Thursday and said his department wants to accelerate the upskilling of South Africa's rural population.

The majority of teachers at FET colleges are currently privately employed by the respective institutions.

Nzimande says the state will now take responsibility for that wage bill.

"All permanent workers who are in the FET colleges by April next year will be full-time state employees. Colleges are not universities, they are state institutions."