Students at Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges across the country are threatening a complete shutdown of all 265 institutions over protracted unresolved issues with Department of Higher Education.
Joel Mamabolo, Deputy President of Further Education and Training Association, says Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande has been in agreement with them on issues they've been raising. But there has been no implementation, he says.
Mamabolo says the issues date as far back as 2012.
In our first meeting with the minister we were promised that these issues will be addressed and they were never addressed.— Joel mamabolo, Deputy President of Further Education and Training Association
In the second meeting, Mamabolo says they were promised that there would no longer be any pending results but they are still facing the same problem.
The principals of the colleges continue to do as they please because no one is holding them accountable.— Joel mamabolo, Deputy President of Further Education and Training Association
They are still misusing NSFAS money because they are still keeping allocation money for transport and accommodation within the account of the college. They are not dispersing it to the students or returning it back to NSFAS.— Joel mamabolo, Deputy President of Further Education and Training Association
To hear about the issues students are unhappy about, listen below: