Uitenhage’s FET college best in Eastern Cape

UITENHAGE’S Further Education and Training College has come out tops in the Eastern Cape for leadership and student results.
The EastCape Midlands College beat seven other institutions in the province when it attained the highest scores in an independent assessment for FET colleges.
The study was commissioned by the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills for South Africa (Jipsa), the “systemic audit” rating the colleges on policy and strategy, people resources, partnerships and resources, processes, student results, staff results, society results, key performance results and leadership.
The college was also top of the class for people resources, and for student results and leadership.
Marketing and communications manager Elmari van der Merwe said the college was focusing on giving students the right advice when they enrolled to ensure that its results continued to improve.
“Too many students are guided by what parents or friends tell them rather than by their own interests and abilities,” she said. “In order to provide the right support, 18 of the EMC staff have recently qualified as fully accredited professional career guidance practitioners.
“The standard of the training we provide meets the toughest national and in some cases international standards. It is a college for achievers, and students will only succeed if they are studying the right subjects for them.”
Top marks were also given for the college’s “partnerships and resources”.
As a result, EMC was also the leading FET college in the province in terms of contribution to society, and had received the best overall marks for key performance results.