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Most matrics won't find jobs - union

2011-01-04 15:33

Johannesburg - Six out of ten matriculants will not find jobs, trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday.

"(They) will probably become part of the grim unemployment statistics of South Africa," the union's deputy general secretary of Solidarity Dirk Hermann said in a statement.

The union attributed this to the education system failing to prepare pupils for the labour market.

"What is more, the pass rate of subjects like mathematics, accounting and physical sciences that contribute to employability is extremely poor.

"Although the pass rate of home language subjects and Life Orientation is very good, these types of subjects do not really equip pupils with marketable skills," said Hermann.

The union's research shows that out of more than 552 000 pupils who wrote the matric exam in 2009, only 61% passed. Only 24% of them passed mathematics with a mark of 30% or higher.

Under 10% of matrics passed mathematics with a mark of 50% or higher and a mere 1.6 percent obtained a distinction in the subject.

Further education

He said a matric certificate alone does not offer job seekers a real advantage as an average pass mark for a matriculant is 30%.

"You do an 18-year-old an injustice by telling him he is ready for further study or skilled work on the basis of a cut-off mark of 30%.

"Matriculants gets a pat on the pack for making the department of education's statistics look good through their participation in a system of mediocrity, while the 12 years they spent in school did not prepare them for a career," said Hermann.

Further education after matric offers the best chance for pupils to avoid unemployment.

"Tertiary qualifications offer employees a degree of protection and job security in difficult times. Although having a matric certificate is better than having no qualification whatsoever, it does not guarantee job security."

He said data on the 2007 labour market found that a university degree generally carried more weight than a diploma or other tertiary qualifications.

Qualifications in the medical, engineering, information technology, financial and technical fields were sought after due to a skills shortage.

Comments
  • Chezzabinks - 2011-01-04 15:37

    I couldn't agree with them more, I think we need to go back to basics and re introduce a 50% pass mark in schools and tough if the kids don't get it right. The literacy numbers in this country are shocking and they seriously need to be sorted out. Fix the eduation system and you fix unemployment issues

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-01-04 17:18

      Problem is you don't need to be rich to be good at maths. Maths, being a "pure" discipline of the mind, requires nothing more than a textbook, a pen, and a piece of paper.

  • Barry M - 2011-01-04 15:39

    That's the price we have to pay for rampant population growth! Get used to it!

      Goose - 2011-01-04 15:50

      100% Barry. If our population was half of what it is now, there would be a fantastic opportunity for ALL to live a really good quality of life.

      M - 2011-01-04 16:33

      So glad to see that I am not the only one that thinks that our population explosion is the real problem.

      Gareth_Clitt - 2011-01-04 17:01

      Not just that. The government has just granted over 200 000 Zimbobweans SA passports. LOVELY!!!!!!!!

      PerciusJcksn - 2011-01-04 17:36

      Sounds like a truly thought out root cause ..... except doesn't India and China also have that problem...yeah they are implementing the population limiting policies but they are still over populated....and they were developing nations that are the new super powers..... dun worry boys slow learners always get confused :P

      Martin - 2011-01-04 18:14

      @PerciusJcksn. India and China have the economic capacity to absorb the larger populations into the labour force. These countries also produce more skilled labour, which in turn increases economic capacity. South Africa on the other hand is slowly lowering the standard of the skilled workers it puts out.

      Martin - 2011-01-04 18:41

      @PerciusJcksn. "Slow learners", hey? How long have you been exposed to the English language? Go and paste your little comment into Word and turn on the spelling and grammar checking. An ellipse (...) has only three dots. A question ends with a question mark. A sentence starts with a capital letter.

      Elastos - 2011-01-04 19:21

      There is a difference between 10 million Educated and productive people who have the capacity to be hired and can also create employment. AND community of 5 million uneducated people who are good at receiving and quick to complain and not willing to share. In the long run, the 5 million community will double and won’t be able to create jobs for their children and will soon start blaming the then 10 mil

  • Flee - 2011-01-04 15:41

    DAH.... They wont find jobs cause Zuma hasnt created the 500 000 he promised????.. VIVA ANC!!

      Pieter - 2011-01-04 18:19

      well he has to create 500021 now!!!

  • Kristi10 - 2011-01-04 15:43

    I do agree with some of Dirk Hermann's statements but I have to disagree about the his statement that people with diplomas are less employable. The need for artisans (i.e. boilermarkers etc) is huge worldwide. (Google and you will see) However I do agree that if a person want to go into a science or academic field a degree is very important and that math skills for almost all jobs is very important. (even woodwork...)

      Bryan - 2011-01-04 19:01

      Couldn't agree with you more!!! I work in this sector and there is a HUGE shortage of skilled artisans - who normally have diplomas (the good ones though).

  • NinjaDevil - 2011-01-04 15:43

    well what are they supposed to do. they are in the same situation many of the people on South Africa are facing. and yes the education system does not prepare the person for the real world.

      Kristi10 - 2011-01-04 15:55

      How about technical colleges they give students real skills that is needed. Just ask any plumber how mush he charge for a simple call out... Not everyone need to become a docter or lawyer to make a living.

  • Nonbeliever - 2011-01-04 15:45

    No problem. JuJu will solve the problem, especially if you want to be a carpenter. That's something he can't do.

      Pieter - 2011-01-04 18:25

      You wrong with a wooden head he must be a capenter

      Bryan - 2011-01-04 19:05

      No, with his wooden head he will be ideal to form part of a cabinet.

  • Brent - 2011-01-04 15:46

    There are two issues holding South Africa back. Firstly government needs to change it's order of priorities and begin to focus on developing the manufacturing sector much more. Secondly, the gap between what CEO's of companies earn and what is acceptable as shareholder profit, and what employees earn must be considerably narrowed. Until this happens the rich will get richer and the poor poorer and SOuth Africa's middle class will continue to dwindle. Only once these issues are properly addressed in South Africa will our matriculants and graduates find work. Right now we're paying for education for the cream of the crop to become assets to other countries.

      Mikemcc - 2011-01-04 17:18

      I disagree with your argument that closing the earnings gap will create jobs. If a company starts to pay more they expect to receive more from the employee i.e. productivity must rise dramatically, this means that instead of employing 3 people for a particular amount of work they will only employ 1 at a higher wage. The only way for more jobs to be created is for more companies to be started by people with reasonable education/skills.

      Carl Muller - 2011-01-05 09:25

      Couldn't agree more. Pay peanuts and you get monkeys. Companies are not prepared too train their people to improve. They are just looking at profit margins to pay to top executives more.

  • Shumba18 - 2011-01-04 15:48

    I will agree 100% with the above as these results to me are also mysterious.The performance in public schools is very suspicious considering the strike that was there late last year.I will say the department needs to up the pass mark to at least 50% which is a standard worldwide whilst it mantains the same level of difficult on the same exams.its very sad that most matriculants in SA cannot fit into the business environment and do simply things like maths and science.Even with a pass rate like that i will say most universities have difficult time preparing these students for university education.

      Kristi10 - 2011-01-04 16:22

      To only results that have been released is that of the IEB (Private Schools) the public shool results have not been published yet...

  • rodneykdc - 2011-01-04 15:49

    What job can a matriculant do?? Matric is a starting point for further learning . SA's school system does not prepare pupils for formal employment. When 18 year olds leave school most of them are totally immature , not committed and irresponsible.

      Chezzabinks - 2011-01-04 15:59

      The problem is that most kids aren't 18 when they leave school, I was told that 20 or 21 is a reasonable/average age for people to leave school nowdays and they won't let you back if you are 23 or older...go figure.

  • Goose - 2011-01-04 15:51

    30% is a pass???????? What the Frikkadel are the ANC smoking? You get 70% wrong and you are still a success? Pathetic. Africa will NEVER change...

      Ederik - 2011-01-04 16:08

      That is the only way they can improve the pass rate!

      Pieter - 2011-01-04 18:28

      Hey guys it seems to me brains does not tell in this country. Try finding some in parlement?

      Elastos - 2011-01-04 18:55

      I dont think its Africa,it must just be South Africa. In Zim, a 34% is Ungraded. And a pass is at least 1/2 or more. Actually the problem is not the result, but what we put in. If we have 9% pass rate in Maths per stream, with most candidates passing within the 30%-40% range, and they go on to take actuarial sciences and medicine and law. Then who are we left with to employ as teachers? Someone who need supplementary maths classes to get at least 50% will end up teaching your children maths. And if our children are very intelligent, they will also get 30% else Bossengineer

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-01-04 15:56

    Bring back apprenticeships and lets get more artisans created. the SETTAs have not worked - let's use their funds to do this and do in-house development courses for the school leavers

      Kristi10 - 2011-01-04 16:24

      Very good idea artisans are needed all over the world. They still need to do well in maths...

  • Tjak - 2011-01-04 15:58

    Why wont most find jobs??? Because small companies are reluctant to employ due to over-protective labour legislation. Tjak

      cilliers.wimpie - 2011-01-04 16:24

      Nes jy is die skoliere te onnosel om ordentlike werk te doen.

      Pieter - 2011-01-04 18:29

      Sies Wimpie - nie onnosel nie ... eerder dom onnosel

      Martin - 2011-01-04 19:04

      Case between finding and applying - the quality of applications is appalling, people "applieng" for job's just sending CV's (with wrong cell numbers, spelling errors), no cover letters, not pitching for interviews... the list is endless. I agree, many Matrics are not ready for the job market, nor further studies, and that's the state of education systems and parental support!

  • Sentor - 2011-01-04 16:11

    It's not rocket science to get the message that it is "public" services that do not work. The IEB achieved 98% pass rate, many of those schools are not in wealthy areas, they do not have exceptional facilities but they are run by educationalists NOT the moronic department of education and unions. The government should take the eduation budget and BUY the best education available. Every school going child should be allocated an education grant which can be spent at the school of their parents choice. Open up the market and allow it to provide decent schooling. Instead we have the normal outrageously pathetic service delivery resulting in unworkable curriculums such as "outcomes based" we have semi literate education department and union officials overseeing standards and training colleges that do not meet either standards or demand.

      PerciusJcksn - 2011-01-04 17:37

      AGREE !!!!!

      Pieter - 2011-01-04 18:30

      Agree!!!!!!!

  • Sentor - 2011-01-04 16:12

    It's not rocket science to get the message that it is "public" services that do not work. The IEB achieved 98% pass rate, many of those schools are not in wealthy areas, they do not have exceptional facilities but they are run by educationalists NOT the moronic department of education and unions. The government should take the eduation budget and BUY the best education available. Every school going child should be allocated an education grant which can be spent at the school of their parents choice. Open up the market and allow it to provide decent schooling. Instead we have the normal outrageously pathetic service delivery resulting in unworkable curriculums such as "outcomes based" we have semi literate education department and union officials overseeing standards and training colleges that do not meet either standards or demand.

      cilliers.wimpie - 2011-01-04 16:23

      IEB is only written in private schools...

      Kristi10 - 2011-01-04 16:29

      Most of those schools are in rich areas as it is private schools. Look at the names of the schools. There are however IEB schools run in poor areas and they very successful but more they are exception than the norm. Rodean, StSithians etc are very expensive schools. I do agree that we need more affordable IEB schools. The current system in public schools is not working.

      Carl Muller - 2011-01-05 09:19

      Everyone can start a school. There are so many "private" schools with a little better pass rate but they make money.

  • SimonP - 2011-01-04 16:17

    "Only 24% of them passed mathematics with a mark of 30% or higher". How the hell can getting three out of ten be classed as a pass? As for job prospects, arent the ANC creating 5 million jobs in the next few years? Maybe they were lying AGAIN.

      Pieter - 2011-01-04 18:32

      Did tehy say 5 milj jobs or 5 milj kids? Not sure....

  • chuma002 - 2011-01-04 16:33

    i'm a black engineer from UCT & i'm glad i got the old education system! what does that say about the "new government of the people"?

      Pieter - 2011-01-04 18:34

      You lucky fish

  • k1dbl4ck - 2011-01-04 17:16

    No one mentioned this... but it all inadvertently increases the crime rate as well.

      PerciusJcksn - 2011-01-04 17:42

      Education has a magnifier effect, increase education quality improves more than just one aspect of the economy. I 100% agree with you kidblack, poor education policy is one of the real problems for the future and current generations.... we must start at grass roots to provide true quality.:)

  • Pieter - 2011-01-04 18:16

    Yeah well to have 8 distinctions in Matric also does not help because the skin is to white for bursaries and or loans.

      Martin - 2011-01-04 18:57

      Go cry me a bucket - I'm not even South African and got a bursary. And for the rest I worked, until I could pay for it!

      Martin - 2011-01-04 21:04

      I agree Martin. If you work hard anything is achievable. I started tutoring at the university in my third year for extra cash. That year I also started working part time at an engineering firm. This did not only help me financially, but I also gained work experience and had a much more impressive CV than my peers when I started job-hunting.

      Carl Muller - 2011-01-05 09:22

      I studied with loans and grants from my work. I worked full time while I studied. If you are serious to study you will find a way and not complain. If you get 8 distinctions you must have a brain to figure out something. In any case people with 8 distinctions come from wealthy areas.

  • Martin - 2011-01-04 18:55

    So how many passed this year? If 61% passed in 2009 and this figure was not upped, yet 6 out of 10 (60%) will still find jobs, that is pretty good! The other 40% should be back on the bench learning there ars off to pass this year!!!

      NO-BULL - 2011-01-05 09:04

      Read the article again. 6 out of 10 will NOT get jobs. Don't forget to read the NOT in the sentence. Big difference if you forget to read that one word... it means only 40% of people will find jobs. I, of course, don't agree with this. I was told directly that my skills are better than any of the other applicants but that my skin was the wrong color. I am not going to turn this into a racial thing, don't worry, but the fact is that school is supposed to teach you INTELLIGENCE, not HOW TO MEMORIZE. People who are able to use their brains can think up solutions to problems, they are able to CREATE something. An example of someone who can use their brain is someone who can INTERPRET stuff. For example, choosing skin over brains means the educated people are left out in the cold and end up working at tills at Checkers while idiots are given positions of power and soo much money that they have to hire Checkers staff to tell them what to spend it on. With children going to school for 12 years and only 1% of them is capable of doing maths... We have a country filled with idiots, in an economy that prefers idiots over education... Perfect match. Take car watching: "I watch real nice". This is a job? Watching while someone vandalizes a car and going "What must I do?" then telling the next person "I watch real nice" and getting paid for it? No, the more stupid you become the more likely you are to get a job in this country. Perhaps you are right Martin, 60% will find work!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-01-05 09:18

    We all have to change our attitudes. What are we as a nation doing to create jobs. Is this we were created for, to criticize? How many of you are prepared to do something? After all this is your country as well. Or do you just want to take as much as possible without giving back?

  • Archimedes - 2011-01-05 09:38

    In California 60% is the minimum to pass a high school subject. With that average you have no change to get university admission - you'll need 90% plus on all subjects to be considered.

  • amukelani.h.mahlaule - 2011-01-06 07:00

    It's a hightime whre by people start registering 2 universities in order 2 obtain degree.

  • Lovy - 2011-01-06 10:05

    I am really glad and impressed that our country has the resource of such intelligency, the likes of Mr, Dirk Hermann yet again disapointed that such resource are not put into a good use in order to assist our economy. I could not agree more with Dirk and I would like to unblibdly put forward the fact that the population of our country is black dominant and that is the area with which there is a shortage of skills and requires a need for a drastic change in our education system.The reality is that whites community at large is the reason why our economy is perhaps on the right direction becuase of the skills possed acquired during their educational training.Black community is not skills orientated in that our educational system teach us how to look for jobs instead of how to be self employed.It is true what has been said by Dirk that many of the matriculants who has passed if they don't get any financial funding to further their studies they are going to contribute to the increase of youth unemployment and nevertheless the years which they have been at school had unable them to seek for jobs that contributes to the economy but instead opt for any job opportunity that is not self sustainable.Congratulation to all the matriculants who have passed and a word of advice is that if you don't make choices for yourseelf, those choices will be made for you and only the consiquence will determine the control you have of them. Good luck and happy new year.

  • fhumulani - 2011-01-06 10:45

    "(They) will probably become part of the grim unemployment statistics of South Africa," "the union's deputy general secretary of Solidarity Dirk Hermann said in a statement" ASSUMING IS GOOD ESPECIALY WHEN 20% PEOPLE READ NEWS ON THE NET.STATEMENTS SAID BY DIRK IS A CARRIER BREAKER.THE POINT IS TO HELP MATRICULANTS,NOT ASSUME THE FUTURE AS BAD BECAUSE OF THEIR OUTCOMES.OPTIONS TO BE UTILIZED ARE AVAILABLE,SHOW THE WORLD WHAT YOU ALL MADE OFF.BELIEF AND SUCCESS ARE KIDS OF THE SAME WOMB,YOU ALL ARE THE SUCCESSOR AND I BELIEVE IN.YOU STILL ALIVE,STILL KICKING,PICK THAT PEN UP AND LET IT BE WAR BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR STUDIES.100% BY YOUR SIDE AND DONT FORGET BELIEF AND SUCCESS,YOU ARE THE ARCHITECTURE OF YOUR OWN FOOT STEPS

  • smahlaba - 2011-01-06 13:59

    We as a society are going soft on our kids. I cannot believe that 30% is considered as a pass. No wonder there are so many people dropping out of Universities. They cannot cope.

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