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Progress Report on FET College Recapitalisation. Presentation to NCOP’s Select Committee on Education by Eastern Cape Department of Education on 21 June 2006 . Presentation Outline. Overview Progress Report Plans for Current Financial Year Challenges Successes Conclusion. Overview.

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progress report on fet college recapitalisation

Progress Report on FET College Recapitalisation

Presentation to NCOP’s Select Committee on Education by Eastern Cape Department of Education on 21 June 2006

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • Overview
  • Progress Report
  • Plans for Current Financial Year
  • Challenges
  • Successes
  • Conclusion

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

overview
Overview
  • There are eight (8) colleges namely:

- Buffalo City FET College

- Eastcape Midlands FET College

- Ikhala FET College

- Ingwe FET College

- King Hintsa FET College

- King Sabata Dalindyebo FET College

- Lovedale FET College

- Port Elizabeth FET College

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

overview continued
Overview continued
  • The recapitalisation budget allocated to the Province = R255 500m over three years
  • The conditional grant for the current year = R61m

- Buffalo City FET College R14m

- Eastcape Midlands FET College R 9m

- Ikhala FET College R 6m

- Ingwe FET College R 2m

- King Hintsa FET College R 2m

- King Sabata Dalindyebo FET College R 5m

- Lovedale FET College R10m

- Port Elizabeth FET College R13m

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

progress report
Progress Report

Transfers:

  • R30 500m was transferred to the Province by the National Department of Education as the first tranche on 13 April 2006
  • This amount was transferred to the colleges on 21 April 2006
  • Colleges confirmed receipt of the funds on 26 April 2006
  • Certificates of transfers sent to the National Department of Education on …..

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

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Progress Report continued
  • Provincial workshops:

- Training of colleges on Supply Chain Management done in February 2006

- Training of colleges on Infrastructure Development done in February 2006

  • Colleges assisted in the development of activity plans (example attached to hand-outs)
  • Provincial recapitalisation project team established consisting of:
  • Acting Chief Director: Vocational Education Services
  • Provincial Project Manager (Director Level) and an SES
  • Eight college principals and college project managers

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

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Progress Report continued
  • Colleges held information session to apprise staff on progress on recap project
  • Project management plans for all areas written
  • Management structures established (Project Teams) consisting of:
  • Principal of the college
  • Project managers appointed by council
  • Senior managers
  • Council representative
  • Monthly reports submitted to the Province on 15th of each month (example attached to hand-out)

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

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Progress Report continued
  • Strategic Area 1: Curriculum Development

- Lecturers to teach new programmes have been identified

- Committees for Sub-fields are being appointed

- List of resources have been drawn up

- Task Teams have been appointed to develop programmes with colleges that are in partnership

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

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Progress Report continued
  • Strategic Area 2: Human Resource Development

- Lecturers to teach new programs are identified

- Identification of Staff Training Needs according to requirements of new programs in progress

- Training taking place in soft skills (project management, computer training, assessor training, language proficiency)

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

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Progress Report continued
  • Strategic area 3: Development of systems and procedures

- Procurement Systems reviewed and adapted to SCM requirements

- SCM audit documents drafted

- Meeting with IT Departments on linking and upgrading of campuses held (partnership on this matter is established)

      • IT requirements to upgrade system identified
      • Preparation of Bid Documents in progress
      • Preparation of scooping and business design in progress

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

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Progress Report continued
  • Strategic area 4: Upgrading/refurbishing/ alterations etc

- Architects to advise on buildings advertised and to some appointed

- Bid Documents drafted and to some finalised

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

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Progress Report continued
  • Strategic area 5: Upgrading of sites (landscaping)

- Formulation of Bid Documents in the process

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

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Progress Report continued
  • Strategic area 6: Buying/building of new classrooms

- Meeting with Municipalities to discuss approval of plans and purchase of land held

- Bid documents in progress

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

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Progress Report continued
  • Strategic Area 7: Purchase of equipment

- List of items and training aids in certain sub-fields finalised

- Equipment already purchased by some of the college (Lovedale, Buffalo City) and in the process of being purchased by the others

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

plans for current financial year
Plans for Current Financial Year

Monitoring and evaluation:

  • Operational plans form basis for monitoring and support
  • Colleges submit monthly reports to Province (15th of each month)
  • Province to submit quarterly reports to National Department of Education
  • Monitoring started on 29th of May and to end 22nd June 2006 (Visitations to colleges by Province)
  • Repeat visits to risk colleges to start on 6th July

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

challenges
Challenges
  • Unskilled educators – Province is engaging provincial HEIs to address this problem
  • Staffing - Province making sure that vacancies at colleges filled as a matter of urgency
  • Under funding – Acting Superintendent General looking into this matter
  • Increasing enrolment to 100 000 by 2014
  • Low enrolments

- Colleges asked to develop strategies

- Need for more effective articulation between senior GET phase and FET programmes

- Address negative attitude of learners and parents to FET colleges in particular and society in general

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

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Challenges continued
  • Better alignment between ABET and FET college programmes
  • Pivotal role of FET colleges in Local Economic Development and Provincial Government Procurement initiative
  • Time constraints for infrastructural components
  • Availability of educators for re-skilling and up-skilling in terms of teaching time
  • Getting all engineering workshops equipped according to minimum requirements
  • Slowness in expenditure

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

successes
Successes
  • Transfers made on time by Province to colleges
  • Programmes for 2007 identified
  • Educators being trained
  • Buy-in by college stakeholders
  • College connected to the internet (particularly rural colleges)
  • Appointment of a provincial project manager
  • Manufacturing of gas stoves for the SNP
  • Twinning arrangement with Lower Saxony Education Department in Germany

- Servers donated to colleges

- Assisting with roll-out of eLearning in colleges

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

conclusion
Conclusion
  • FET colleges in Eastern Region of Province, where ⅔ of population reside, are under-resourced and face serious backlogs

- Workshops not well-equipped

- Educators under-qualified

- Low enrolment, but also lack of commerce & industry

  • Twinning with better resourced colleges in Western Region
  • Twinning arrangement with Lower Saxony in Germany affords opportunity to leapfrog technological divide in FET programmes

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape

end of presentation
End of Presentation

Thank You

Questions?

Department of Education, Province of the Eastern Cape