Black graduates struggle more than whites – Nzimande

2012-10-04 15:53

Black graduates have more difficulty finding work than whites after leaving university, Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande has said.

He said 55% of black graduates from Stellenbosch were unlikely to find a job in their first year after receiving their degrees, compared with 12% of white students.

He said 29% of black graduates from the University of Witwatersrand could not procure employment in their first year after university, compared with 7% of white students.

While further data was not available, Nzimande argued that the results could likely be found across higher education institutions in South Africa.

“Most black youngsters do not have the family and other connections into the labour market that are generally enjoyed by whites and the few, more affluent blacks,” Nzimande said in his prepared remarks at Walter Sisulu University.

The minister said historical inequality and poverty determined access to education and the ability to achieve academically.

Nzimande said this was despite efforts by the government to transform education.

He said historically black universities also remain disadvantaged in terms of resources and quality of academic programmes.


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