Blade Nzimande hopes his white paper on post-school education and training will help millions of young people "out of the doldrums of poverty".
The Limpopo education department has urged matriculants to ensure the institutions where they want to study are registered.
The leaking of exam papers is a perennial problem in the FET sector, causing severe financial and academic problems.
The Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College has been closed indefinitely because of student protests, the Gauteng department of health said.
Ill-conceived, fanciful proposals will not improve South Africa's education system.
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has plans to turn students and lecturers nationwide into information technology "natives".
Violent demonstrations are sweeping through the country's FET campuses as students protest against bad management.
Parliament's discussion about the financing of SA's universities and skills development sector begs the question: What is at stake? The answer: A lot.
Blade Nzimande is correct to highlight the sector as crucial for the country's development agenda.
Until South Africa gets this crucial aspect right, it cannot compete successfully in the global arena.
If we were able to rise to the occasion of football's greatest spectacle, surely we should be able to focus the same energy in improving education.
Improved curricula and better-qualified lecturers are needed to ramp up standards and perceptions of FET colleges.
Education minister's proposals will achieve nothing in our neoliberal environment.
Prospective students need to know how and why FET colleges increase their chances of employment and self-sustainability.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's new policy document offers an unflinchingly thorough analysis of SA's training needs, but is it enough?
Experts question the proposal of a new application system for universities and the touting of FET colleges as a viable alternative to universities.
FET colleges need vast improvements if they are going to compete with universities, experts say.
Are FET colleges and Setas up to the roles the national development plan asks of them, asks Charlotte Mbali.
Tackling corruption, accountability and accessibility would improve the public's "generally negative" perception of Setas.
Again, students will bear the brunt of changes that have not been properly considered.