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The road to nowhere

29 October 2012, 07:24

The failed education system stays in the news because every sensible person (and the not sensible ANC leadership) realises that in order to escape from our present predicament and provide work for our growing population we will need quality education and training for the youth.

At present this is not the case. Therefore there are millions of undereducated and uneducated young people who cannot find work and whose numbers are growing yearly. They are rightly being regarded as a ticking time bomb.

Our present failed education must be upgraded to an effective properly functioning system and that is where the problem lies. The same people who have allowed education to collapse must now fix it and they can't.

In order to achieve rapid transformation incompetent black people had been (and are still) appointed to positions they are not equipped for. That is true of teachers in schools right up to directors  general and the ministers.

Poorly selected and poorly trained teachers are trying to do a job they are not capable of. So standards are dropping, exam papers are too easy and marks are manipulated to improve the pass rate.

Many who are not university material  are accepted as students and up to 50% of students fail to complete their studies . As it is the case in schools standards drop and the small number who eventually qualify struggle to find jobs because of their lack of competence .

 Most of the students do courses for which there is little demand. They avoid the so called "hard" subjects that will enable them to qualify as engineers , technicians, accountants , doctors , architects etc.

What is true of education is also true of the civil service. Poor service delivery is due to the appointment of people who are not qualified.

Education will have to improve in a big way or there is no hope for South Africa. Qualified competent people must be appointed irrespective of creed or colour. Merit and not political affiliation must be the only criterion or else we can say good bye to all the grandiose plans for growth and development .

We will be known as just another failed African state run by an inept and corrupt clique of hedonists.

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