The Department of Higher Education and Training is discussing a new ‘articulation policy’which aims to better align the country’s universities, technical colleges and other education institutions with each other. The steps will include a proposed revamp of the post-school education sector and the recognition of qualifications across a wider range of institutions.
“A well-articulated system is one in which there are linkages between its different parts; there should be no silos, no dead ends. If a student completes a course at one institution and has gained the relevant knowledge and skills at the necessary levels, this must be recognised by other institutions if the knowledge gained is sufficient to allow epistemological access to programmes that the student wants to enter,” the Department said.
In a presentation this week, the Council for Higher Education (CHE) said that one of the problems currently facing the system is the inability for many college TVET students to move into university studies (higher education). Currently there are regulations in place which govern the minimum requirements for admission to a university through the National School Certificate. But no such regulations exist for the TVET sector.
“This means that admissions into higher education through the TVET sector route is at the mercy of universities, it said. It said that these institutions can have different criteria and may also differ between faculties and departments. As a result, admissions to universities through the TVET route still very small and less than 3,000 students for all 26 universities in 2018,” the CHE said.
To address these issues, the CHE has tabled a number of proposals to better align the two sectors including: