Curriculum Innovation Programme (CIP) at CIPSET promotes better articulation between PSET institutions


Uthando Baduza

The disparities in the minimum admission requirements between National Senior Certificate (NSC) and National Certificate (Vocational) (NCV) learners for entry into Higher Education  drove the Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training (CIPSET) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) to embark on research that interrogates this uneven situation. As a comprehensive university, NMMU enjoys a reputation for curriculum innovation by providing admission routes and learning pathways for learners who have an FET qualification and who fulfil NMMU admission criteria. Such learners pursue career-oriented university qualifications in areas such as Engineering, Information Communication Technology (ICT), and Financial Planning. NMMU has more than 20 academic programmes accessible to FET College students.

The aim of the Curriculum Innovation Project (CIP) is to encourage greater collaboration between NMMU and FET College staff in curriculum development work that enhances the quality of and articulation between programmes offered by FET Colleges and NMMU. CIPSET has conducted curriculum analyses for Mechanical Engineering, ICT and Financial Planning programmes by looking at NC(V) Programmes at FET Colleges and similar cognate fields of study at NMMU. The analyses have revealed extraordinarily complex systemic and curriculum issues that inhibit the development of ‘seamless’ articulation between FET Colleges and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

CIP’s next phase will focus on Arts and Culture, Renewable Energy, Agriculture, Maritime Studies and Community Development. However in this phase the CIP will not be restricted to the articulation of NC(V) learners into HE programmes but will also engage with curriculum development for formal and non-formal educational programmes at Community Education and Training Colleges (former Adult Education Centres). Such programmes also support rural development, sustainable livelihoods, socially useful work and the development of local economies.

NMMU strives for a Freirean pedagogical approach to learning and teaching and by an approach to curriculum development and innovation which is underpinned by a democratic learning framework.

Uthando Baduza is an FET Researcher at CIPSET, NMMU

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