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Pathways Through the Education and Training System: Do We Need a New Model?

20 July 2010
12:15 - 13:30

Date :

20 July 2010

Time :

12:15 – 13:30

Presenters :

Michael Cosser


Analyses conducted by ESSD reveal major obstacles in the education pathway system. The majority of learners entering FET colleges, nursing training institutions and learnerships have already achieved a National Senior Certificate prior to enrolment. Higher education (HE) is seen as the only viable option for further learning, contributing to the inverted triangle phenomenon in which a small FET college system plays second fiddle to a much larger HE system struggling to retain inadequately prepared students.

There is similar misalignment at the education-labour market interface. ESSD studies have revealed that similar percentages (around a third) of FET college graduates are employed, unemployed and not economically active (NEA), that nearly a third of grade 12 learners are unemployed or NEA a year after school, and that 18% of university and university of technology graduates and 37% of students who drop out of the HE system are unemployed three years after leaving university.

Against this backdrop, Michael Cosser will propose a new paradigm for student progression that broadens learning opportunities at the intermediate level.

Michael Cosser is a Chief Research Specialist in the Education, Science and Skills Development research programme at the HSRC. He is the author of four monographs on student pathways through the education and training system and co-editor of the volumes Technical College Responsiveness and Student Retention and Graduate Destination.

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