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Framework on Students with Disabilities in TVET Colleges Drawn Up

February 3, 2022

Department of Higher Education and Training

The Draft Framework and Guidelines to Accommodate Students with Disabilities in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges has been drawn up.

The higher education and training department published the Draft Framework and Guidelines in Government Gazette 45816 for comment.

According to the higher education, science and innovation minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, it is “critical that disability is appropriately addressed along with all other areas of transformation within the PSET system in South Africa”.

The Draft Framework and Guidelines were approved in 2020.

They are designed to develop norms and standards and guidelines to assist colleges to implement and comply with legal frameworks governing the higher education sector in South Africa to create an inclusive and supportive Post-School Education and Training sector.

The policy framework is also intended to guide TVET colleges to “promote the rights of people with disabilities in the TVET sector, create an enabling academic environment without barriers and opportunities by removing unfair discrimination against students with disabilities in order for them to perform like their peers in accordance with their capabilities, aspirations, talents and abilities”.

Issues covered in the draft framework and guidelines include disclosure of disability; an inclusive TVET college; physical access; technology; assistive devices; disciplinary procedures and funding.