16 January 2013

South Africa: NEHAWU Calls for a Nationwide Campaign to Clampdown On All Unregistered Education and Training Colleges

NEHAWU welcomes the shutting down of a bogus, unregistered Further Education and Training College in Limpopo by the Hawks. We are happy that arrests were made and are calling for a speedy prosecution and harsher sentences for these fraudsters that are preying on the vulnerable and desperate students and parents. This sweeping action is long overdue and it needs to be intensified and rolled out across the nation.

These bogus colleges are destroying people’s lives and toying with the future of the nation. Thousands of students and their parents are fleeced out of millions of rands by these fraudsters every year by enrolling in these bogus colleges. We are calling on all students to carefully verify the legitimacy of the schools before they register and pay their monies.

We all have a collective responsibility as education stakeholders and citizens the expose the vultures that are preying on the poor and desperate students. This rot is eating the fabric of our education system and creating a sense of uncertainty and despondency around the FETC’s for parents and students. These institutions should be rehabilitated and well resourced in order to offer excellent education and training to students who register.

NEHAWU regards the development of the FET sector as a critical component for the overall development of our economy and our society. We are fully behind the recent attempts by government to expand the sector. We believe this expansion must include the increase of employment of FET staff, both lecturers and support staff.

We believe that this expansion must also include the reopening of colleges that deals with specific occupational training, including agriculture, nursing and education. In the long term, we hope the expansion of the sector will address the current inconsistency where the university enrollment is higher than the FET enrollment.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat Office

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