SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT WANTS ACTION OVER DELAY IN ISSUING CERTS TO COLLEGE GRADS

CAPE TOWN, The Parliamentary Committee on Higher Education and Training has called for disciplinary action to be taken against the officials responsible for delays in issuing certificates to students who have graduated from the country’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.

Committee chairperson Connie September said here Thursday that while the committee noted the efforts of Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande in trying to resolve the matter, it felt the delays are unacceptable.

“The Department of Higher Education and Training, Umalusi (the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training) and the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) do not seem to have a sense of accountability on this matter and seem to blame each other,” she added.

“The fact that students do not have certificates negates Government’s objectives to have skilled young graduates in order to alleviate the poverty challenge. The policy that certificates should be produced in three months (after graduation) is simply not being adhered to.”

The department, Umalusi and SITA were in Parliament on Wednesday to brief the committee on challenges in issuing certificates. The members of the committee expressed frustration and dissatisfaction over the backlog in issuing certificates, which has not been cleared since 2007.

“This is a travesty of justice. Action must be taken against lecturers who do not submit marks, resulting in students having to rewrite models. The committee will engage the Departments of Telecommunications and Basic Education on what steps can be taken to address the situation,” September said.

She added that the Department of Higher Education and Training, Umalusi, colleges and SITA would be summoned before the committee again to provide an updated report on how they are adhering to policy.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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