TVET colleges dysfunctional, report shows

The Treasury has called on education officials to improve in research and teaching at TVET colleges.

A university lecture hall. Picture: Freeimages.

CAPE TOWN - A report recently published by the National Treasury shows technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges are dysfunctional.

The report from a review commissioned in 2014 shows a mere 2% of students complete courses at such institutions within the minimum time.

Ten percent of them complete a three-year course in six years.

Despite the Higher Education Department pumping more funding into the TVET system, the report shows the money is being wasted.

The reports says of number school leavers enrolling at these colleges has doubled between 2010 and 2014 to 700,000.

The Treasury says the department must urgently ensure an improvement in research and teaching.

Despite the shortfalls within the system, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has continued to emphasise the importance of TVET colleges in producing much needed skilled artisans.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)