Draft Higher Education and Training Amendment Bills: Deadline for Comment Extended

Department of Higher Education and Training

The deadline for comment on three draft higher education and training amendment bills has been extended.

Originally published on 15 April 2011 in notice 228 of Government Gazette 34222 with the deadline for comment set at 21 days from that date, the deadline has been extended to “midnight on Sunday 22 May 2011” following “numerous requests from stakeholders and organisations” for more time.

This is according to a media statement published on the government web site.

The draft amendment bills concerned are the:

· draft Skills Development Amendment Bill;
· draft Further Education and Training Colleges Amendment Bill; and the
· draft Higher Education Laws Amendment Bill.

Inter alia, the draft Skills Development Amendment Bill seeks to provide for:

· the prohibition of a board member of a Sectoral Education and Training Authority (SETA) from conducting business with the SETA concerned;
· the disclosure of a conflict of interest on the part of a SETA board member; and
· issues not addressed when the act’s statutory functions were transferred from the minister of labour to the minister of higher education and training, including:

- mergers, dissolution and closure;
- incorporating a subdivision of one SETA into another;
- annual service level agreements and business plans;
- the appointment of board members and chairmen; and
- SETA constitutions.

The draft bill also proposes deleting from Skills Development Act 97 of 1998:

· the definition of ‘employment services’;
· sections 2(a)(g) and (h), pertaining to employment services;
· section 2(2)(a) v, vii and vii, pertaining to labour centres and accredited trade test centres; and
· section 36 (o), (p) and (q), pertaining to private employment services agencies. 

Once enacted, the proposed amendments will repeal sections 23, 24, 25 and 26K to 26N of the act – together with schedule 4.

Sections 23 to 25 of the act pertain to employment services, while sections 26K to 26N and schedule 4 pertain to Productivity South Africa. 

The draft Further Education and Training Colleges Amendment Bill and draft Higher Education Laws Amendment Bill seek to address governance issues.

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