TVET Colleges Trimester Pushed Back


Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, announced details on plans for TVET Colleges to complete the 2020 academic year. These include changes to be made to the academic calendar. 

Higher Education institutions will see many changes on campus both externally and internally. Minister Nzimande addressed these changes as he discussed the direction higher education would take due to the coronavirus global pandemic.

As far as Higher Education goes, there are 2.5 million students which would not be a good environment when we are trying to control the spread of a virus. As a result, after institutions were temporarily closed, institutions had to come up with contingency plans.

Government and the National Command Council have made the decision to not have TVET Colleges, along with other Post-School Education and Training Sectors both public and private, resume with campus based academic activities during Level 4 of the National Lockdown.

Minister Blade Nzimande has said that every effort is being made to put in place multiple and flexible learning methods of teaching and learning so that students are able to complete the academic year.

For TVET Colleges, the academic calendar will be restructured. There is a need to reorganise the national exams for trimester, semester and full year programmes. This reorganising of the academic calendar needs to happen so that the following can be completed:

  • Trimesters 1 and 2 for Engineering Studies
  • Both semesters for Business Studies
  • Full year NC(V) programmes

Trimester 3 that was to take place from August until November is to be deferred. The date is to be determined after discussions take place between relevant stakeholders. This is to be done to ensure students are able to properly prepare for exams.

Calendar details concerning classes, exams and recess period will be released after they are finalised.

Nzimande announced, “In acknowledgement of the fact that almost all TVET college students do not have devices to work online, and furthermore do not have access to data, various other support initiatives have been explored to support students remotely, whilst simultaneously working on acquiring devices for all NSFAS students.”

TVET College students have resources available to them online, on Radio and on TV.


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