Many complaints raised by TVET students are legitimate - expert

Research chair in Vocational Education and Pedagogy at Wits, Prof Volker Wedekind, says many Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges are over-crowded and do not have the right curriculum for students.

Wedekind says many of the complaints raised by students who are now threatening to shut down all 256 campuses nationwide, are legitimate.

TVET students have vowed to go on strike saying Minister of Higher Education has failed to implement the changes he agreed to make.

Among other things, students are complaining about poor infrastructure, unqualified lecturers, massive certificate backlogs and the ban of political groupings on campuses.

There is huge unevenness in the system. Yes, there are some that are absolutely excellent. But there is also very significant challenges and problems throughout the system.

Prof Volker Wedekind, Research Chair in Vocational Education and Pedagogy at Wits

A lot of what the students are complaining about are legitimate complains.

Prof Volker Wedekind, Research Chair in Vocational Education and Pedagogy at Wits

The colleges are pretty full. In fact one could argue that they have over enrolled and been underfunded for the students that are there.

Prof Volker Wedekind, Research Chair in Vocational Education and Pedagogy at Wits

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