oa Journal of Vocational, Adult and Continuing Education and Training - Conflicting priorities : the dichotomous roles of leadership and management at TVET colleges

Volume 1 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2663-3647



The notions of leadership and management in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector have become blurred in South Africa. The growing need for responsive and flexible leadership in the TVET sector has resulted in challenges that can only be overcome with the relevant leadership knowledge and skills. Our findings suggest that the demands of leadership and management have created conflicting priorities for leaders at the TVET colleges. Leadership development in the TVET sector may be one way of addressing these issues. Yet, in South Africa, there are no strategically planned, custom-designed leadership development programmes for leaders in public TVET colleges. A curriculum framework for leadership development should be informed by these conflicting priorities in order to reprioritise the focus of TVET leaders in South Africa on their core business: that of vocational education. This article reports on current and future TVET leaders’ perceptions of how the notions of leadership and management influence their practice.

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