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UKZN Study Explores Management Practices at TVET Colleges in KZN

2017/05/23 02:20:14 PM

Dr Andrisha Beharry-Ramraj, who holds a Philosophy degree majoring in Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has conducted a study on challenges to management practices in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in KwaZulu-Natal.


Dr Andrisha Beharry-Ramraj.

Dr Andrisha Beharry-Ramraj, who holds a Philosophy degree majoring in Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has conducted a study on challenges to management practices in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in KwaZulu-Natal. 

‘The significance of TVETs in skills development has been well acknowledged in literature, yet there is no evidence of the challenges faced by the TVETs in particular,’ said Beharry-Ramraj. ‘This study undertook to examine management practices in relation to challenges faced by the TVET sector in one of the leading provinces in South Africa.’

She says among challenges in the Colleges are financial constraints, low throughput rates, inadequate lecturer qualifications, poor teaching environments, poor facilities and limited oversight procedures in relation to the governance of colleges. ‘The need for effective management is emphasised in the study within the framework of four constructs: leadership, governance, change management, and staff development.

‘The study will benefit the Public Higher Education sector at large. From the literature it has been noted that challenges of a similar nature occur across the domain. The research results show that with supplementary effort and determination the sector can improve significantly.’

Beharry-Ramraj paid tribute to her sons for helping her accomplish her goals. ‘I have two amazing sons who themselves were pretty eager to learn and understand what mom did every day and every night for so many years.

She thanked her parents and family for their continued support. ‘Their ongoing help, guidance and confidence in me made a positive difference. Everything had to be perfectly aligned and balanced all of the time.’

Beharry-Ramraj, who recently attended the Twelfth Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, has submitted two papers to accredited journals and has taken on additional supervision. The determined, young academic is focused on her research output and her academic pursuits at the University. ‘I merely wish to be more effective and efficient now that my studies are in the past … the road ahead looks brighter and more accessible.’

Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer

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