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Department of Education. Briefing to the Portfolio Committee FET COLLEGES 4 February 2009. Interventions in FET Colleges. Infrastructural development Enrolment in scarce skills Roll out of the FET college bursary scheme through NSFAS

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Department of Education

Briefing to the Portfolio Committee


4 February 2009

Interventions in FET Colleges

  • Infrastructural development

  • Enrolment in scarce skills

  • Roll out of the FET college bursary scheme through NSFAS

  • Reskilling of college lecturers to support the delivery of the new programmes

Socio-economiccontext, 2005

  • To define the role of FET colleges in meeting the Government targets of:

    • Reduction of unemployment

    • Increasing GDP growth

    • Poverty reduction

2005: FET Sector challenges

  • Poor co-ordination of the FET College sector

  • Poor public perception and lack of sector identity

  • Poor student access and low student participation rates in vocational programmes

  • Poor quality programmes and qualifications

  • Low graduation and throughput rates arising out of high failure rates and low retention rates

  • Low technical and cognitive skills of graduates

  • Lack of relevance and responsiveness to the needs of the economy

  • Dearth of managerial skills and capacity

  • Low funding of the FET college sector

  • Absence of an effective management information system to inform decision-making

  • Lack of understanding of vocational education

  • Shortage of suitably qualified lecturers to drive vocational education

Infrastructural Development

  • A R1,9 billion re-cap allocation

    • R1,86 billion for transfer to provinces over three years

    • R0,35 billion for the DoE to prepare for the implementation of the grant

    • R0,15 billion over three years for further development work, monitoring and support for the implementation of the re-cap grant

Strategic areas of the RE-cap Grant

  • Re-skilling staff to offer responsive programmes

  • Upgrading physical infrastructure to offer vocational programmes

  • Providing suitable equipment to support programme delivery

  • Providing support for the development of modern vocational programmes

  • Establishing student support services units

  • Establishing connectivity of 50 FET Colleges to improve communications, information management and curriculum delivery.

  • Buying or building of new classrooms, laboratories, offices etc.

Three-year allocations


Further achievements

  • Development of policies and legislation

    • FET Colleges Act, 2006

    • National Plan on FET Colleges, 2008

    • Student Support Services Framework, 2007

    • Draft National Lecturer Development Framework

    • Draft Funding Norms and Standards for FET Colleges

    • Establishment of a HEDCOM sub-committee of FET colleges

Challenges that persist

  • Under-funding of the sector

  • Expansion and use of ICT in colleges

  • Lack of a uniform management information system

  • Training, recruitment and retention of lecturers

  • Increasing student participation

  • Increasing graduation and throughput rates

  • Finalisation of the implementation of the FET Colleges Act, 2009

Enrolment in scarce skills programmes, 2007-2009

  • In 2007, 25073 students were enrolled on the NC(V) programmes

  • In 2008, this figure was almost tripled to 61 320 students (51 173 for Level 2 and 10 147 for Level 3

  • The projected figure for 2009, subject to confirmation by provinces on 19 February is 120 230.

Roll-out of the FET College Bursary

  • In terms of The Further Education and Training College Act, 2006 public FET colleges may raise revenue through the charging of college fees.

  • College fees are fees charged to students by public FET colleges to cover the portion of the training cost not covered by formula funding of programmes.

Roll-out of the FET College Bursary

  • However, the net effect of this structuring should be that the total planned income from college fees should be more or less equal to 20% of the total programme costs.

Programme costs

Roll-out of the FET College Bursary

  • R600 million allocated for FET Colleges Financial Aid Scheme – over 3 years

    • 2007 = R100 million

    • 2008 = R200 million

    • 2009 = R300 million

  • To ensure that an inability to pay college fees does not constitute a barrier to academically capable students’ access to a programme at a public FET college.

  • Part of Government strategy for alleviating the impact of poverty

Maximum Bursary Allocations

Conditions for awarding bursaries

  • College bursaries based on approved NC(V) programmes & student enrolments

  • College to allocate a dedicated staff member to administer the scheme – student support officer recommended

  • Awarding of bursaries to be based on Means Test – evidence thereof required

  • Approved & signed bursary agreements required

Role of Colleges

  • Advertise the DoE FET College Bursary Scheme to students.

  • Accept and process applications from students.

  • Colleges to nominate a dedicated staff member for the administration of bursaries – student support officer/s recommended

  • Colleges to set up a Bursary Committee (Financial Aid Committee):

    • management;

    • student support;

    • student administration;

    • finance; and

    • student representative council (SRC).

Monitoring & Support

  • DoE, PDE & NSFAS – monitoring & support

  • DoE provides annual training of provincial and college student support services officials and lecturers

  • Colleges submit reports to DoE, PDE & NSFAS

  • NSFAS – regular audit

Provincial Allocation, 2007

Provincial allocation, 2008


  • Great demand versus funding

  • Different levels of infrastructure development to support the administration of the bursary

  • Demand by colleges of registration fee before a student is admitted

Lecturer training

  • The aim of lecturer training was to enable lecturers to efficiently support the delivery of the NC(V) programmes

  • The training therefore focused on:

    • Teaching and assessment

    • Curriculum content, Integrated Summative Assessment Tasks

    • Remedial Teaching for Maths and Maths Lit.

Data on lecturer training

Thank you

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