Education spending not a waste - Phiyega

2012-11-13 14:52
Riah Phiyega. (File, Sapa)

Riah Phiyega. (File, Sapa)

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Pretoria - The government's investment in education has not gone to waste, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"Today is proof of what the investment has yielded," she told police graduates at the Tshwane police academy.
"You must see that learning is not a destination, but rather see learning as a way of life."

Police personnel were able to graduate in fields such as human resource management, public administration, and forensic science.

Difficult journey

Many of these people came from an era where decent education and skills development were not acquired through formal channels.

"We know that the journey has not been easy."

Phiyega said 338 of the graduates were part of the recognition of prior learning programme. They had acquired skills during the course of their work and these were now formally recognised.

"Through these qualifications these members have gained a sense of self-worth."

Of the 331 detectives that graduated on Tuesday, 84 had prior learning.

'Blue' hearts

"These are employees who are driven. Their blood is blue, their hearts are blue and their minds are blue."

Also in attendance at the ceremony were former acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi and Northern Cape commissioner Lieutenant General Janet Basson.

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union general secretary Nkosinathi Theledi congratulated the graduates and thanked them for their service to society.

"Don't just be great officers, but be good people in society," he said.

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