False Bay College

Diploma information sharing session

False Bay TVET College hosted a diploma information sharing meeting for students completing the in-service requirement of their National N Diploma.

With regard to the nationwide challenge of delayed certification for N6 students, the College took the opportunity to host the meeting to revive its relationship with the students.

Ms Melanie Vermaak, Academic Head for Nated and NC(V) programmes, led the afternoon’s discussions. “Often once students are out in the workplace completing the 18 months of in-service training, the contact with the student is limited. We as the College feel it’s important to reiterate that the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is in control of the verification of the in-service training as well as the issuing of the National N Diploma,” she said.

While the backlog in terms of the issuing of National N Diplomas is a priority for the DHET, the students aren’t always aware of the progress feedback issued by the DHET. As the College received numerous enquiries from past students seeking clarity on the status of their National N Diplomas, the College needed to explain the process and reason for the backlog. Students were given an opportunity to raise concerns regarding their Diploma submissions to the DHET. At least 40% were found to be lacking critical key information, resulting in their Diploma verification process submissions being non-compliant. Measures have been put in place and are available to the students to ensure a seamless application process.

Students were invited to the meeting through the College’s digital marketing platforms, which proved to be very successful as nearly 200 students attended. The College is processing the electronic queries received and will be responding over the next few weeks to individual requests from students. False Bay TVET College is considering holding these sessions on a bi-annual basis. For more information, contact Ms Melanie Vermaak at melanie.vermaak@falsebay.org.za.