HR Development Council can help make education affordable - Ramaphosa

2015-11-06 21:15
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Johannesburg - The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) was uniquely placed to make a contribution to the call by students for affordable and better resourced higher education, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday.

"We should proceed in a comprehensive manner, understanding the all-embracing nature of human capital development," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the HRDC meeting held at the Ekurhuleni West College, Germiston Campus.

"We should proceed with deliberation and urgency."

Ramaphosa said the HRDC needed to refocus its efforts and align its programme with the needs of the country.

It should also resource, strengthen and capacitate other areas such as early childhood development, basic education, vocational education and training, adult basic education and worker education and training, Ramaphosa added

All stakeholders needed to focus on the economy and the importance of supporting an industrialisation strategy to achieve inclusive growth and development.

"We know that quality education and increasing skills level are a key enabler of economic growth," Ramaphosa said. 

"Highly skilled people create jobs and suitably skilled people can be absorbed into employment when jobs are created. Entrepreneurs also create jobs."

He said skilled people could become self-employed and form income-generated entities that sustained livelihoods and provided employment opportunities.

Skills development depended on all parts of the system working effectively.

Ramaphosa said significant progress had been made in the last few years, particularly in expanding access to all levels of education.

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