The government is on a mission to boost the allure and efficiency of technical and vocational education training (TVET) colleges, higher education and training minister Naledi Pandor says. While the National Development Plan — which articulates the country’s vision to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030 — envisages the college sector as crucial in tackling skills shortages, the sector is still hampered by a lack of funding and poor management. Just last week, the umbrella body for TVET colleges, the SA College Principals’ Organisation (Sacpo), told parliament that some students waited more than 10 years for their certificates, which affected their search for employment. In 2017, the Financial and Fiscal Commission said the historical underfunding of colleges, especially TVET colleges, was hurting SA’s skills development. Additional government funding of R7.2bn in 2018 was allocated to fund bursaries for students of poor and working-class families. Another concern was tha...

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