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These students will be forced to attend a TVET college in another province if they need to complete their courses

Picture: Tracey Adams/ANA.

TECHNICAL and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students are intending to shut down all three college campuses in the city, in objection to essential courses being excluded from the 2019 curriculum.

A notice was published last week to advise that all part-time, correspondence, repeaters, exam only and supplementary exam classes would no longer be offered as from next year.

Student Representative Committee (SRC) deputy secretary general Nompumelelo Nqumashe said yesterday that there had been no consultation before this decision was implemented.

“Students are unhappy because they will have no alternatives if they need to repeat a year. Those who are only exam students as they are unable to afford to attend classes will also not be able to write their exams. Working students will also not be able to study part time. These students will be forced to attend a TVET college in another province if they need to complete their courses. It will result in a high drop-out rate. Students who write exams from other tertiary institutions will no longer be able to do so at the TVET college,” said Nqumashe.

She added that no reasons were provided for this decision.

“There were no engagements with the SRC, students or members of the public. This will serve to lower the number of students who wish to enrol at TVET colleges. We were not informed on what basis this decision was taken. This policy does not speak to the needs of this Province.”

Nqumashe stated that this “drastic decision” was taken six weeks after the new principal was appointed.

“The principal tried to implement the same thing at the college in the Free State before he came to Kimberley. This decision is unconstitutional, unlawful and it is in conflict with provisions made by the Department of Higher Education regarding the mentioned modes of delivery. It is not in line with any national mandate.”

She indicated that an emergency meeting would be held by the SRC with students to plan a course of action.

“The collective shall use a language that only oppressors seem to understand.”

Nqumashe pointed out that the colleges could ill-afford disruptions to their academic programme.

“Students are aggrieved, the SRC is frustrated we need to correct this matter before things become out of hand.”

No response was received from the Northern Cape Urban TVET College by the time of going to press.