JONATHAN JANSEN | What’s so wrong with working with hands? Change your mind on TVETs

We can then roll up our sleeves and be hands-on about elevating these colleges

07 February 2024 - 21:41

If you want to see South African citizens agree on anything with respect to education — and that’s not easy — talk about sending more students to study for a trade. Let more of them become useful by going for training as electricians, plumbers and welders. This redirection is usually made because of the now familiar inverted pyramid argument: that too many students want to go to university (the broad base of the pyramid) and too few to technical college (the small and sharp apex of the pyramid). We need to turn that scenario upside down, with most going to what we now call technical and vocational education colleges (TVETs) and the elites into universities...

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