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College to consult over excluded courses

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Ongoing discussions would continue with the student representative council regarding teaching and delivery in different programmes and courses.

Picture: Danie van der Lith

THE NORTHERN Cape Urban Technical Vocational Education and Training (NCU-TVET) College has assured students that it will first engage with the necessary stakeholders before making any decisions as to whether any courses will be excluded from the academic programme next year.

Students stated that they would engage in protest action this week after a notice was issued regarding the exclusion of all part time, correspondence, repeaters, exam only and supplementary exam classes as from 2019.

NCU-TVET principal Brian Madalane acknowledged that it was necessary to start engagements internally in preparation for the 2019 academic year’s strategic plan.

“This is done with a view to improve the student enrolments in different programmes/courses, optimal utilisation of resources (classrooms and lecturers) and academic performance of the college,” said Madalane.

He added that ongoing discussions would continue with the student representative council (SRC) on September 17 regarding teaching and delivery in different programmes and courses.

“Gaps identified in the modes of teaching/delivery will be tabled to the SRC and allow them the opportunity to give inputs.

“It is the view of the college to increase the student numbers at the campuses and not to decrease the enrolments come the 2019 academic year. Therefore, Northern Cape Urban TVET College’s students who were unsuccessful in their studies will be re-enrolled at the college as part of providing them with a second chance and this will be done in accordance with the policies of the college.”

Madalane stated that the message that was published on the website was aimed at “encouraging robust debate and discussions internally”.

“The matter will be finalised so that it will be to the benefit of both the college and the students. Please note that the message has been corrected and we apologise for the inconvenience caused.”