Govt concerned about Western Cape’s Grade 10 drop-outs

2012-02-09 20:30

Government is concerned about Grade 10 drop-outs in the DA-governed Western Cape, President Jacob Zuma said in his state of the nation address.

National government would work closely with the Western Cape government to trace these pupils – particularly in the rural and farm areas of the Western Cape – and provide support, he said.

The number of children who are not in school is also cause for concern.

“We remain concerned by the report of the General Household Survey in 2010 that just over 120 000 children in that band (7 to 15 years) are out of school,” Zuma said.

Zuma said a significant achievement was the doubling of grade R enrolment, from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 in 2011.

“We appear poised to meet our target of 100% coverage for grade R by 2014.”

He urged parents to send their children to further education and training institutions.

Children should not think that they need to go to universities only to study to be professionals, Zuma said.

“We need the skills that is accumulated in these colleges (FETs),” he said.

He said government was happy to notice an increase in the enrolment of young people in FET colleges across the country.

He said government was exceeding targets set for higher education, indicating that close to 14 000 learners were placed in workplace learning opportunities over the past year while over 11 000 artisans had completed their trade tests.

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