Feb 2012

Learning is a life-long experience

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Learning is a life-long experience

All is not lost for matriculants who did not perform as well as expected in the National Senior Certificate examinations. The Department of Higher Education and Training urged them not to lose hope, as learning was a life-long experience with various options within the post-school system.

South Africa’s post-school education and training sector includes among, others universities, universities of technology, further education and training colleges and sector education and training authorities (SETAs).

“Our Further Education and Training (FET) colleges are institutions ideally suited for those wishing to make up their ‘matric’ and for those wishing to study subjects that will lead to a vocational career path,” said Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande.

“Those who wish to enter the world of work or need to increase their skills, can consider the options of learnerships, apprenticeships and skills programmes through one of the 21 SETAs which cover each economic sector in South Africa,” Mzimande said.

There are 50 FET Colleges with 264 campuses throughout the country, which offer a range of programmes that cater for most students’ needs and interests. Subjects range from engineering, business studies, art and music to food and hospitality services.

The 23 universities in the country will provide access to approximately 180 000 new entrants in 2012 for those wishing to pursue their studies in the fields of business and management; science, engineering and technology; humanities and education. 



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