The Department of Higher EducationFunction Shift: MEC of Education in Gauteng, Mr Panyasa Lesufi hands over TVET Colleges and AET Centres files to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande.
1st of April 2015 ….a huge achievement for the Department of Higher Education and Training as it officially welcomes approximately 38 000 officials transferring from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges, Adult Education and Training (AET) Centres, now called Community Colleges and AET and TVET Units in Provincial Education Departments to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande sent a welcoming message to all transferring staff at a welcoming ceremony that was hosted by the DHET at the South West Gauteng TVET College in Soweto, Molapo
Campus on 1st April 2015. This transfer was a culmination of the implementation of the May 2009 Presidential proclamation issued in terms of Section 97 of the Constitution which reassigned the Further Education and Training Act (FET Act, 2006) and the Adult Education and Training Act (AET Act, 2000) to the Minister of Higher Education and Training (HET).
The MECs had basically requested the DHET to take over complete responsibility for the AET and FET functions.
In his address, the jubilant Minister Nzimande thanked the former employers, the Further Education and Training Colleges Employer Organisation (FETCEO) and Provincial Education Departments (PEDs). The Minister also thanked the negotiators from the DHET and organised labour who laid the firm ground for the transfer of staff from TVET Colleges, AET and TVET Units to DHET.
“Through your efforts and hard work, today I am glad to welcome just over 38 000 employees to the DHET,” said the Minister.
1st of April 2015 also marked a decisive breakthrough in the advancement of the strategic policy objectives of the White Paper for Post-School Education and Training, which for example is striving for a single, coordinated post-school education and training system and a stronger and more cooperative relationship between education and training institutions and the workplace.
“The migration of Adult Education and Training (AET) Centres and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges Sectors to the DHET ushers in a new dispensation which completely places these two institutional forms in the mainstream of the post-school education and training landscape”, said the Minister.
The above sentiments were also shared by MEC Panyasa Lesufi who represented all MECs.
MEC Panyasa Lesufi thanked Minister Nzimande as he handed over two files to him, as a symbol of Provincial Education Departments handing over the AET and TVET Colleges administrative functions to the Department of Higher Education and Training.
William Somo

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