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Minister Blade Nzimande on TVET Curriculum Transformation and Innovation

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Minister Blade Nzimande on TVET Curriculum Transformation and Innovation

Minister Blade Nzimande on TVET Curriculum Transformation and Innovation. Speech by Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande at the TVET Curriculum Transformation and Innovation Summit held at the Vodaworld Dome, Midrand, on 28 August 2023

I am honored to open the three-day TVET Curriculum Transformation and Innovation Summit under the theme “TVET curriculum transformation: a key to unlock skills development for the modern economy.” This summit brings together stakeholders in the TVET sector to address curriculum transformation and innovation challenges. This follows the TVET Summit held last year. check your application status

TVET Sector History

The origins of technical colleges in South Africa date back to the 1800s in response to industrial development. The policy framework for education and training led to the establishment of the TVET college sector in 2002. This sector was created to address weaknesses in the TVET curriculum and enhance industry relations.

Importance of Curriculum Development

Curriculum reform in TVET colleges is essential to improve the employability, productivity, and success rates of graduates. Curriculum transformation is needed to align with industry needs and introduce 21st-century skills. Industry involvement, leadership programs, and funding model changes are necessary for effective curriculum transformation.

Progress and Future Plans

The TVET sector has made progress in producing qualified artisans and expanding Centres of Specialisation. Plans include increasing TVET college enrollments, enhancing operating models, and collaborating with BRICS Member States on TVET education. The integration of digital skills and emerging technologies in curricula will prepare students for the modern workforce.

Conclusion

The TVET Curriculum Transformation and Innovation Summit is a commitment to enhancing skills development for the modern economy. By aligning curricula with industry needs and fostering entrepreneurship, the TVET sector will contribute to economic growth and social development. Collaboration and continuous improvement are essential for a relevant and responsive TVET sector.

The summit is an opportunity for stakeholders to network and share experiences to achieve our vision of an integrated and coordinated TVET system for economic participation and youth development.

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