Committee deals with TVET certificates backlog

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training will visit Tshwane this week as part of efforts to address the certification backlog. 

The week-long oversight visit to the Department of Higher Education and Training, as well as the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), is aimed at clearing the backlog in the issuing of National Certificate Vocational (NCV) and diploma certificates for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. 

The chairperson of the committee, Connie September, said the oversight visit will go a long way in the fight against unemployment, poverty and inequality. 

“Key to this is efficiency in ensuring that young people do not experience further delays in acquiring their qualifications and in accessing economic opportunities. 

“Radical economic transformation will be meaningful if those who have been equipped with skills are certified and given the opportunities they deserve in order to enter the job market,” September said. 

September said the intention of the visit is to get insight into capacity related challenges in the administration and examination units at the Department of Higher Education and Training. 

The visit to Sita is aimed at getting insight into the functionality and effectiveness of the systems geared to resolving certification challenges. 

September said it is important that the higher education sector functions with minimal challenges as possible, if the country is to deliver on its long-term policy positions. –

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