Gap between supply and demand Anele Mngadi

2016-06-29 06:00

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WHEN access does not mean success we need to question mostly the mode of operation, and maybe change tactics. The face of unemployment has changed radically, from being unskilled seniors to a more educated youth, access to a scarce resource such as education still cannot guarantee success. Thousands of graduates each year that are not utilised by the labour market­ - why?

No one answer can fully explain this issue. There are a number of reasons why employable people are not being employed and I will look at a few.

Firstly, there is a huge gap between supply and demand in the education system and the work place meaning that most of the people graduating from universities have acquired skills that are not in demand and this results in unemployment.

A lot of students chose their degree for the mere fact of getting into a university and not considering the important factors like employment.

At basic level students are bombarded with redundant subjects like life orientation, tourism and computer application technology that do not carry any weight when calculating the access point score because some universities do not accredit these subjects.

Secondly, the education is often too theoretical and thus theorises everything unnecessarily. Education should look into practical ways of teaching and learning so that work experience can be gained while in school and that can count as experience when looking for a job - this of course does not apply to all fields of study, but more often than not graduates are not equipped with the necessary skills for the work place, instead they are filled with theories. A weak education system has a ripple effect, it is the root of unemployment and inequality, which in turn results in poverty and a high crime rate.

• Anele Mngadi is a politics student at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Her views are her own and not that of the newspaper.

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