Bloemfontein, Free State: (Front from left to right) Mr Tate Makgoe, MEC of Education; Prof. TZ Mthembu, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT; (Back from left to right) Mr. TS Letho, Director of Flavious Mareka FET College; DR LM Fourie, Director of Goldfields; FET College, DR SD Manese, Director of Maluti FET College and Mr JS Tladi, Chief Director: FET Colleges. The Free State Provincial Government, Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), and Further Education and Training Colleges (FETC) in the Free State pledging their commitment to collaboration at the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU), which took place at the CUT main campus in Bloemfontein today, 06 June 2013. The signing of the MoU is the first step to the realisation of the Department of Higher Education and Training’s efforts to revitalise the FETC sector in the Free State through systematic, coordinated and meaningful collaboration with universities, which aims to create the opportunity for FETC students to further their studies at higher education institutions.

The Free State Provincial Government, Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), and Further Education and Training Colleges (FETC) in the Free State pledged their commitment to collaboration at the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony, which took place at the CUT main campus in Bloemfontein today, 06 June 2013.

The MoU stipulates a working relationship between CUT and the FETC sector, which will provide and improve access to further education and training institutions, including universities in the province.

Until now, there has been a mismatch between the courses offered at FET colleges and the entry requirements into higher education institutions, which resulted in FET qualifications being disregarded when prospective students’ applications were considered for admission.

“CUT will assist the FETC sector the development of bridging courses, the launch of new NQF level 5 curricula programmes and will contribute to the improvement of FETC staff training and education. These advancements and the development of articulation and credit transfer instruments, will make it easier for FETC students to gain admission into CUT”, said Mthembu.

The signing of the MoU is the first step to the realisation of the Department of Higher Education and Training’s efforts to revitalise the FETC sector in the Free State through systematic, coordinated and meaningful collaboration with universities.

The MoU also aims to further promote specific learning areas, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

“This partnership will assist victims of our system who did not have mathematics and science up to matric to bridge the gaps in their education and will develop the opportunity for these learners to enrol at higher education institutions”, said Mr Tate Makgoe, MEC for Education.

“We believe that we have a critical role to play in the development of highly skilled graduates, specialising in STEM focussed careers, to ultimately create wealth for the country,” said Prof Thandwa Mthembu, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of CUT.

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