South Africa: Blade Nzimande Urges Students to Apply to TVET Colleges

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With a 2020 academic year ahead, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande has urged 2019 matriculants to look at all the options available when it comes to higher learning institutions.

It's crunch time for the 2019 matric students to finalise which higher learning institution to attend, with the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Blade Nzimande, urging young people to consider alternatives to university by considering technical, vocational, educational and training (TVET) colleges.

The 2019 matriculants set a record with a pass rate of 81.3%. Of these, 186,058 passed with bachelor passes, 144,672 with diploma passes and 78,984 passed with a higher certificate entry.

Nzimande told the media at a briefing on Thursday that students prefer applying to universities than to TVET colleges. Application statistics show that the number of first-time entrants who applied to universities was 453,157 while only 90,111 applied to TVET colleges.

This is not a new trend. In 2018, then higher education minister Naledi Pandor revealed that 24% of the applications received at NSFAS for the 2019 academic year were for pupils planning to enrol at TVET colleges.

South Africa has 26 universities and 135 private higher education institutions. The number of...

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