Develop and support a quality higher and vocational education sector. Promote
access to higher and vocational education and skills development training
The Department of Higher Education and Training derives its mandate from the
following pieces of legislation:
the Higher Education Act (1997), which provides for a unified and nationally planned system of
the Adult Basic Education and Training Act (2000), which provides for the establishment of public and private adult learning centres and for the governance of public centres
the Further Education and Training Colleges Act (2006), which provides for the governance and funding of further education and training colleges
the Skills Development Levies Act (1999), which provides for the imposition of skills development levies
the Skills Development Act (2008), which enables the creation of the National Skills Agency, the establishment of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, and the regulation of apprenticeships, learnerships and other matters relating to skills development
the National Education Policy Act (1996), which provides for the formulation of national policies in general and further education and training, curriculum assessment, and language policy and quality assurance
the Employment of Educators Act (1998), which regulates the conditions of service, discipline, retirement and discharge of educators, and everything relating to educators employed by the state in further education and training institutions and public adult centres.
The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year:
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