Standard of education 'a crisis'

2012-04-19 12:39
Johannesburg - The standard of education in South Africa and the fate of children who had been let down by dysfunctional provinces was concerning, the Cape Chamber of Commerce said on Thursday.

"The Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan, has called on business to create jobs but business also needs educated people to fill the positions," chamber president Michael Bagraim said.

"If the schools are not providing people with the basic literacy and numeracy skills it becomes difficult to employ the school-leavers and the result will be this growing band of frustrated young people."

Bagraim said the problem was not funding but poor management and unions which blocked attempts to improve the situation in classrooms.

The chamber's executive director, Viola Manuel, said business needed to become more actively involved.

"We are dealing with a crisis and business needs to first acknowledge that we have allowed this situation to continue for too long."

She said she agreed with University of Free State vice chancellor Jonathan Jansen who said there was a lack of political commitment to take on the unions and under-performing provinces.

"Our political leaders have a lot to answer for, but business needs to be part of the solution if we are to have any chance of meaningful change," said Manuel.

Read more on:    cape chamber of commerce  |  economy  |  education

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.