EWC Hosts Ministerial Event
01 August 2012
On 01 August 2012, EWC's Germiston Campus hosted a ministerial event, where
the Minister of Higher Education and Training officially handed over allocation
certificates worth R2.5 billion to FET Colleges for their expansion and capacity
building development programmes.
In his address, the department's Director-General, Mr Gwebinkundla Qonde,
said the increase in pass rates, especially for NC(V), was a result of support
programmes and that this indicated that results would increase further this
year. Mr Qonde said that the department is engaging with universities to develop
programmes to train FET college lecturers and he also stated that that
department hopes that skills development in academic staff will continue to
The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, said that
the project that the department is launching represents a massive investment of
R2.5 billion in National Skills Funding dedicated solely to the 50 FET colleges
for their programme related activities.
"Our expectation of the FET system is that it must be a driver and
catalyst for community development, tackle unemployment and poverty head on. We
expect that FET colleges will reach out to communities, especially young people,
and offer them these opportunities. Over the long term we would like to see FET
colleges as a partner of choice (for SETA and NSF) to roll out skills
development on a massive scale," said the Minister.
In conclusion, he said that this initiative is a unique opportunity to turn
our colleges around. It is an historic opportunity that should be grabbed with
both hands, for the sake of our youth and future generations.
|Minister of Higher Education and
Dr Blade Nzimande, addressing the FET
College Councils and Principals..
|Director General of Higher Education,
Gwebinkundla Qonde addressing the FET
College Councils and Principals.