Learning resumes at Orbit TVET after shutdown
Rustenburg – The South African Further Education and Training Student Association (SAFETSA) embarked on a nationwide shutdown from 19 January 2017, which was expected to affect 50 TVET Colleges and approximately 265 Technical, Vocational and Training (TVET) College campuses.
The shutdown comes after SAFETSA sent a Memorandum to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) on 31 December 2017, outlining issues of concern which include, amongst others: the delay of results, pending certificates since 2012, poor infrastructure development, insufficient student funding, unqualified lecturers and the delay of accommodation and transport allowances, amongst others.
ORBIT College was among th TVET Colleges affected by the student unrest, which saw the three College campuses (Brits, Mankwe and Rustenburg) and Central Office being closed for business on 19, 20 and 23 January 2017. The protests across all College sites were peaceful, and there was no damage to property.
The Management of the College continuously engaged with the Student Representative Council (SRC) in pursuit of a solution that would see teaching and learning resume at the campuses for the benefit of students.
After continuous engagements and negotiations between Management and members of the SRC a resolution to re-open all campuses was reached. The College (Central Office and three campuses) has been in operation since Tuesday, 24 January 2017.
The Principal of the College, Ms Maryna Marais said the Management of the College endeavours to attend to all the challenges raised by students within the structure of the College. “As Management, we acknowledge that issues raised by students are legitimate. We therefore intend to continue working closely with the SRC and the Department of Higher Education and Training to strengthen our efforts in order to curb any gap and challenge that may still arise”. Ms Marais added that the College also wishes to thank the students for the constructive manner in which engagements took place and that the protest action was peaceful.
Issued by ORBIT TVET College, 27 January 2017
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