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Factors influencing student attrition at Umgungundlovu technical and vocational education and training college.

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College qualification and post-secondary education provides individuals with the necessary skills to actively participate in the labour force. Without technical and labour skills individuals often find it difficult to obtain employment. Institutions of higher education such as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges and Universities offer such skills. TVET Colleges and universities often fail to ensure that all persons enrolled for different instructional programmes and qualifications end up obtaining the appropriate qualification. This study serves to describe factors influencing student attrition and the extent of influence at Umgungundlovu TVET College. In order to study student attrition at Umgungundlovu TVET College four objectives were set and this study incorporated a descriptive quantitative study which sought to describe and understand factors influencing student attrition at Umgungundlovu TVET College. A sample of 370 students was taken at the Msunduzi and Midlands campuses of Umgungundlovu TVET College. Data was collected using a structured questionnaire and analysed using descriptive and inferential statistical techniques. The results revealed that academic integration, social integration and organisational influences were most reliable in measuring students‟ attrition at Umgungundlovu TVET College. Environmental pull factors were not very reliable in measuring the students‟ attrition rate. Influences such as lack of study skills, limited practical work and theoretical approach to vocational education are cited as some of the factors that influence student attrition. Recommendations include that all TVET Colleges should have an enrolment management plan, which should involve all the stakeholders in the institution.


Masters Degree. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 2017.