School of Built Environment and Development Studies Seminar   

Title: A non-conducive policy environment? A case study of Further Education and Training College Governance

Speaker: Andrea Juan, HSRC

Time: 12h30 – 13h50, 13th May

Venue: Seminar Room F213, School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Memorial Tower Building, UKZN. Google maps: -29.866933,30.981963  

The governance of Further Education and Training (FET) colleges in South Africa has been cited as an obstacle to the sector contributing to the developmental needs of the country. There has, however, been little academic research in this area. This presentation is based on a study which analyses the governance of FET colleges in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) by means of constructing a conceptual framework which examines governance from an organisational perspective and applies this framework to two FET colleges in the province. This is achieved through a largely qualitative methodology. 

The key question posed is: Is the governance of FET colleges significantly affected by the environment? Through this investigation, this study is able to determine: (i) the external environmental characteristics that affect the governance of FET colleges; (ii) the effects of the external environment on FET colleges; (iii) how FET colleges respond to these external environmental demands; and (iv) why the FET colleges respond in the manner that they do. In answering the key question, the economic, political, policy and geographic environments in which FET colleges in the province operate are explored. It is concluded that the state of governance in these colleges is the result of external environmental influences and resource dependency. This investigation has highlighted that the external environment has placed demands on the system of further education, which has resulted in adaptive and avoidant governance practices in FET colleges that have been adopted out of necessity.

Andrea Juan is a Post-doctoral fellow in the Education and Skills Development (ESD) Research Programme of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). She holds a Social Sciences undergraduate degree in Legal Studies and Psychology and Honours, Master’s and PhD degrees, majoring in Policy and Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her doctoral thesis focuses on governance and policy management in Further Education and Training Colleges in KwaZulu-Natal. Dr Juan’s work in the HSRC has focused on the area of education and skills development in South Africa.

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