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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

Department of Education

Briefing to the Portfolio Committee


4 February 2009

Interventions in fet colleges
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 economic context 2005
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
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
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
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.

Further achievements
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
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
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
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 bursary1
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.

Roll out of the fet college bursary2
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

Conditions for awarding bursaries
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
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
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


  • 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
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.