No reason for not studying

2011-10-15 08:47

Hector Moyane

Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande said that more than 240?000 tertiary-level students are currently being helped by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to further their studies.

This is a significant increase compared to 191?041 students who received financial help in the previous year. Many have long forgotten earlier resistance and criticism the minister had to endure for daring to turn the scheme into the performing and efficient entity it is today.

South Africa, based on its gross national income, is classified as a middle-income or developing economy. And with the kind of complex and fast-growing economy we have, we must also have competent, well-skilled and top-notch human capital to manage and drive such an economy for the benefit of its citizens.

Our youth are being advised to grab opportunities to study further with both hands in order to boost South Africa’s growing economy with home-grown skills and expertise.

Enhanced with world class tertiary institutions and FETs (further education and training institutions), our youth are spoilt for choice and there is no reason for not studying.

Out-of-school and unemployed youth are also encouraged to register with their nearest FETs and higher learning institutions to further their studies.

The bottom line here is that money is no longer a barrier for those who are thirsty for knowledge and skills – anyone can now pursue a career of their choice.

One of the things Minister Nzimande must address with immediate effect is doing away with the blacklisting of students who’re unable to keep up with the repayment of their study loans.

I mean, there is no logic in blacklisting slow payers because once you do that, a person’s capacity to find employment gets severely damaged. And again, how are people expected to become productive members of society?

Unemployed graduates must also not give up hope while looking for employment. Instead, they must avail themselves for volunteer work with non-governmental organisations, community structures, factories and public institutions and maintain a positive attitude.

It is tough to be unemployed in today’s South Africa. That is why youth unemployment is unacceptable and must not be tolerated, especially when our economy has been growing since 1994.

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