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Manual for managing curriculum responsiveness in TVET colleges

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University of the Witwatersrand, Centre for Research Education and Labour; Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)





In order for vocational or occupational programmes to be effective they need to remain responsive to a range of issues, including but not limited to the needs of employers, shifts in technology, and the needs of the students and society more broadly (Wedekind and Mutereko, 2016). A curriculum that is not able to adjust to the changes in the knowledge field, in technology, in the conditions of the labour market, variations in regional or local or firm specific conditions, or the needs of students, very quickly becomes outdated and potentially irrelevant, and consequently the students enrolled in the programme are not deemed to be employable. In vocational and occupational programmes this can signal the death knell for a programme and the institution offering it. The purpose of this manual is to provide guidelines to the DHET as overall custodian of the curriculum for inserting mechanisms into the learning, teaching and assessment of the vocational curriculum that provides space for curriculum responsiveness.

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