Department of Higher Education and Training
The higher education and training department seeks comment on proposed changes to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges Programmes.
The call for comment was published in Government Gazette 43872 in terms of the Continuing Education and Training Act and the National Qualifications Framework Act.
According to the notice, rapid changes to the skills needed by the South African and global economies as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution requires the TVET sector to align its programme offerings and curriculum.
Proposed changes include the phasing out of N1 – N3 programmes; converting the National Certificates (Vocational) into a single 3-year qualification and the NATED Engineering Studies N4 -N6 programmes and the National N Diploma.
The department proposes that N1, N2 and N3 programmes be phased out over the next three academic years, namely, 2021, 2022 and 2023.
It is also proposed that the National Certificates (Vocational) be changed/converted to a single 3-year qualification with an external examination only at the end of the third year at Level 4 from 2024.
The department also proposes that all the N4, N5 and N6 programmes be changed from trimester to semester programmes (6 months) with additional curriculum components to keep up with industry changes.
Comment is invited within 21 working days of the date of publication.
In Notice 1176, the department published the Policy Framework on the Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa (2019) in terms of the Higher Education Act.
According to the department, the aim of the Policy Framework is to guide and regulate the higher education sector on its individual and collective engagements on internationalisation, and the development of the higher education system through internationalization.
The Policy Framework also provides parameters within which individual institutions and the entire higher education sector are expected to engage in internationalisation activities.
Meanwhile, in Gazette 43889, the basic education department announced that 2021 School Governing Body (SGB) Elections will take place from 1 to 31 March 2021.
The department also declared that newly elected SGBs assume their responsibilities when they are declared to be freely and fairly elected SGB members.