Minister of Higher Education & Training Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, CDM Executive Mayor Cllr John Mpe, Polokwane Executive Mayor Cllr Thembi Nkadimeng,CDM’s Cllr Jara Masubelele and the Department of Higher Education’s Deputy Director General Firoz Patel meeting Principals of Tvet Colleges in Limpopo to discuss the issue of registrations and accomodation at Tvet Colleges in the province.
Speaking during the meeting Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize briefly shared with the principals information on the free higher education to a specific part of prospective students as announced by President Jacob Zuma in December 2017. The Minister indicated that a lot of work has been done by her department and other interested stakeholders, leading to where President Zuma made the announcement, and the department came to the province to ensure a smooth registration of prospective students. “It is upto us as the education sector to make sure that we send out a message of hope to the communities and also improve the way things are done in terms of administration at our colleges,” said Minister Mkhize. She also encouraged people to get the report on free higher education online, to get more information about this.
On monday (15 January 2018), the Deputy Minister of Higher Education & Training Buti Manamela visited Capricorn TVET’ Pop-up registration Centre at Peter Mokaba Stadium to ensure that the
registration of prospective students goes smoothly. Around 5000 prospective students were queing for registration at the stadium, for the 2018 academic year.
The registration was moved to the stadium following an incident which happened last week, where 6 people were i injured when prospective students tried to push their way through security gates at the Capricorn TVET College in Polokwane campus.
Some of the challenges encountered during the registration period, as indicated by the principals are that prospective students wanting to register arrive at the venues for registration a day before registration and that a number of them prefer one college over the others which is problematic for them.