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Be a critical friend to the Ministry

- By Wits University


The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, addressed the second annual Researchers Workshop of the Education Policy Consortium (EPC) currently underway at Wits. Nzimande described the work of the EPC as a vital to understanding the post-school education and training sector. He urged the Consortium to be a critical friend to him and the department.

The EPC comprises of research bodies such as the Centre for Education Policy Development, Centre for Researching Education and Labour (Wits University), the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation (University of Johannesburg), the Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) and the Nelson Mandela Institute (University of Fort Hare).

These Centres have been actively involved in producing and publishing research, stimulating dialogue, critical engagement and activities towards the reconfiguration of the post-schooling sector, as well as engaging with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in considering a more integrated, coherent and articulated post-school education and training (PSET) system.

The EPC has made significant progress with the implementation of its research programmes and projects toward informing and supporting the development of national capacity for the production of critical research, engagement and public participation in the post-school sector.