Outstanding TVET college results will be released within a week‚ says higher education department

09 March 2017 - 18:32 By Kgaugelo Masweneng
File photo. In August 2015 the number of outstanding NVC certificates had "decreased to 29 583 from 236 821" bulk of unissued certificates‚ said Fizol Patel‚ deputy director-general at TVET.
File photo. In August 2015 the number of outstanding NVC certificates had "decreased to 29 583 from 236 821" bulk of unissued certificates‚ said Fizol Patel‚ deputy director-general at TVET.
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Outstanding academic results for students who have graduated from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges will be processed and released within a week.

That's the assurance from the department of higher education and training on Thursday after holding an update meeting on the delays in issuing certificates. The academic results and certification release backlog‚ which has accumulated from 2007 until the current academic year‚ was detailed at the meeting.

In August 2015 the number of outstanding NVC certificates had "decreased to 29 583 from 236 821" bulk of unissued certificates‚ said Fizol Patel‚ deputy director-general at TVET.

  • 'Heads to roll over unissued TVET certificates'The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has called for disciplinary measures against the officials responsible for delays in issuing certificates to students who have graduated from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. 

The department said that the outstanding certificates were is due to data problems emanating from TVET colleges‚ such as data capturing errors and authentication of identity numbers and other personal information

"More than two million subject results for the November 2016 examinations have so far been processed and released‚" Patel said.

A total of 450 subject results were withheld and suspended due to suspicions of acts of dishonesty or plagiarism have been cleared following thorough investigations

"A further 236 adverse cases are still pending further investigations due to alleged irregularities” Patel added

In order to facilitate the rapid release of certificates from November 2014 to November 2016‚ the department is working closely with TVET principals who help validate and confirm all preliminary examinations data from the examination centres.

"One result outstanding is one too many results" said Patel

Two weeks ago the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training‚ Connie September‚ said the committee has noted the efforts of Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande in trying to resolve the matter. However‚ the delays were unacceptable.

"The Department of Higher Education and Training‚ Umalusi and the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) do not seem to have a sense of accountability on this matter and seem to blame each other.

"The fact that students do not have certificates negates government’s objectives to have skilled young graduates in order to alleviate the poverty challenge. The policy that certificates should be produced in three months [after graduating] is simply not being adhered to‚" September said.

- TMG Digital

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