Varsity isn’t everything

2011-01-15 12:48

The mad rush by matriculants to get into universities has once again revealed our obsession with university qualifications.

And yet there are no guarantees that ­after three to four years at university, if you actually go beyond the first year, you are guaranteed a job, let alone a learnership.

Many of the students who get into university drop out because they ­realise, years later, that they were never cut out to be what they are studying towards.

A lack of career guidance and this obsession with a university degree, due to community and peer pressure, condemn many to a bleak future.

The job market, already battling to absorb university graduates with no work experience, remains highly vicious towards new entrants.

You would think we would consider getting into further education and training colleges and other institutions that offer equally important educational training, but each year the stampede at varsities in major cities shows that we never learn.

Our education needs an overhaul. Focus should shift from the university degree to technical skills training.

South Africa has a critical shortage of artisans, and that is where we should channel our matriculants to obtain qualifications that will give them a better chance of employment.

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