ERIC Number: EJ721742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar-1
Reference Count: 42
An Examination of the Vocational Education and Training Reform Debate in Southern Africa
McGrath, Simon; Akoojee, Salim; Gewer, Anthony; Mabizela, Mahlubi; Mbele, Nimrod; Roberts, Jennifer
Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, v36 n1 p85-103 Mar 2006
This paper explores the role that vocational education and training (VET) can play in Southern African responses to major socio-economic challenges. It argues that this role will be most pronounced if it is articulated within a broader educational and economic vision that is shared by a range of stakeholders in society and supported by an adequate funding base, effective information systems and qualified and motivated planners and implementers. However, it cautions that it is also important to remember that VET reform will not in itself transform economies or societies. The paper argues that there is considerable convergence within Southern Africa around 10 themes of VET reform. It argues that there is much that is of merit in the current broad package for VET transformation but that it is essential that it is carefully critiqued and that elements are adapted to national circumstances and visions.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Information Systems, Vocational Education, Socioeconomic Status, Educational Change, Role of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa