Education still carries the pain of apartheid - Ramaphosa

2015-10-15 14:27
Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa at the second higher education summit being held in Durban. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa at the second higher education summit being held in Durban. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

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Durban - Education was in dire need of transformation and still suffered the effects of apartheid, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the second annual Higher Education Summit hosted by the department of higher education and training in Durban.

Addressing a capacity crowd of higher education delegates, he lauded South African natural "cleverness", but said the apartheid legacy slowed down transformation.

"We are pushing [open] the door of equality and quality education, but the challenges from the past are still felt today in every sphere of South African life."

Ramapho said young people could "see the doors of change opening", but the challenges remained great.

"While national funding for higher education is at a massive R10bn, some universities still raise their fees well over inflation rates. We have to afford opportunities for our country to grow."

He added the country needed more female academics and decision makers in this sector.

"It should be taken to point where we wake up without even thinking about women equality. It should come naturally to us to understand women have to be part of our development."

He went on to call on delegates to discuss access, curriculum, funding, research and innovation.

"All of you in this room have a unique opportunity to move your country forward. This event consists [of] some of the brightest most influential minds in the country. We look to you to help us force open the door of transformation.

"I trust you will have robust, critical discussions that are still looking forward toward the benefit and positive influence on higher education and all South Africans."

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