Nick Balkrishen launches his book

Mr Nick Balkrishen presents a copy of his book to the deputy director general for TVET Colleges, Mr Firoz Patel. With them is Mr Pieter Bruwer (CEO of Future Managers).

HIGHVELD – Mr Nick Balkrishen, principal of Gert Sibande TVET College, recently launched his book Effective Campus Management: Essential hints and tools to improve student achievement.

It includes hints and tools to improve student achievement.

The launch took place at the Department of Higher Education and Training on 6 December.

Mr Balkrishen said he intended to contribute towards the development of leadership in TVET Colleges, with the ultimate aim of improving student achievements.

He said his dream while writing the management reference book, was not to sell the book, but to donate a copy to every TVET College campus in South Africa.

This dream became a reality when Future Managers decided to publish the book and printed 350 copies for free so that complementary copies could be provided to all 265 campuses and 50 TVET College CEOs.

Mr Firoz Patel, deputy director general of TVET Colleges at the Department of Higher Education and Training, praised the publishers for the initiative and generous gesture.

He said TVET Colleges have the potential to provide a highly skilled and capable workforce that can contribute to meet the skills demands of the country and subsequently reduce unemployment and poverty.

“Effective leadership is regarded as critical for successful student achievement at all educational institutions, including TVET Colleges and this book has an important role to play in the TVET sector.”

The deputy director general of Corporate Services at the Department of Higher Education and Training, Ms Lulama Mbobo, also addressed the gathering by

emphasising the impact that this project could have on the TVET sector.

“When successful managers from the TVET sector decide to sacrifice their time to document their expertise, experiences and best practices and share it pro bono with the entire sector, it sends a very positive message and sets an exemplary example.”

Mr Pieter Bruwer, CEO of Future Managers, added that Future Managers was proud to be part of the project.

“Mr Balkrishen wrote Effective Campus Management: Essential hints and tools to improve student achievement to make a difference to one of our country’s most critical sectors, namely TVET Colleges.

“This book is motivational and provides guidance and practical tools to improve performance. It also provides yardsticks to measure success.

“If you are doing something right, but you do not necessarily know it, this book will provide reassurance that you are on the right track,” said Mr Bruwer.

He also added that feedback received from campus managers regarding the book, has been overwhelming with generous praise.

The deputy minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana, said in the foreword: “This publication gives an honest overview of the sector and provides sound advice on how managers can use their leadership role to improve the quality of TVET institutions by improving student success rates.

“I have no doubt that the theory, research findings, recommendations and the various practical tools and strategies that are shared in this publication will assist managers of TVET Colleges in their growth and development with the objective of further improving the quality of TVET Colleges and student achievement.

“The TVET College sector has, without doubt, the potential to play a significant role in providing relevant and responsive skills that will enhance employability and reduce poverty.

“In order to fullfil that potential, colleges need to be successful. The author views this book as one of many tools that can help college managers in their quest to create a college sector that is synonymous with high quality and excellence.

“Mr Balkrishen contends that improving student performance at colleges across South Africa is critical to achieving the goal of making TVET Colleges institutions of choice.”

Sifiso Mathebula

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