Zuma wants more science graduates

2012-02-16 21:03

Parliament - South Africa has to increase the number of graduates in engineering and sciences as it rolls its R300bn infrastructure programme over the next seven years, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

"Honourable Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel pointed out the scarce skills which could impact on the infrastructure programme, such as engineering, project management, financing, procurement and technical skills such as artisans, technologists and technicians," Zuma said.

"In particular, we need to increase the number of graduates in engineering and the sciences."

It was for this reason that the government had programmes such as the Youth into Science Strategy to encourage pupils to pursue science, engineering, technology and mathematics studies at tertiary level.

The department of higher education was working with the deans at tertiary institutions to determine short to medium term strategies to achieve the 2014 graduate output targets for scarce skills, Zuma said.

"I will meet with the principals of Further Education and Training Colleges in April to discuss their role in producing the skills that will make our economy grow faster and be sustainable."

  • Max - 2012-02-16 21:23

    Just allow the qualifying white matrics to compete on an equal footing with black matrics for an opportunity to study at an University and your problems will be solved.

      Mable - 2012-02-17 08:58

      I bet you were not concerned back then when only the white students had the upper hand.

      daniel.malan3 - 2012-06-16 00:02

      @Mable - always living in the past will not help at all! Yes it wasn't right, but it's because of people who still look back that SA is like this...

      Sagin - 2012-06-16 01:46

      mable i urge You to stop blaming and start seeing what is really going on Black people are being fooled by The anc. dont believe blindly what they say, Question and seek unbiased answers for yourself. Ask Yourself Why, with all the time and massive amounts of money wasted over the last 18 years is education so bad in SA?

      Sharon - 2012-06-17 19:54

      nah they will bring the university pass rate down to 10% then we will have plenty of scientists,i mean the average voter is an engineer,the below average voter is an intellectual,hell they even call malema DR

  • ronald.stilianou - 2012-02-16 22:01

    Ja zooms, you kinda needs maths to do that, not your ilk's strong suit.

  • Bra - 2012-02-16 22:03

    I am not happy with the linkage between medical scientist and government.Many students who are graduated BSC MEDICAL SCIENCE they struggle to get jobs. South Africa does nt train young scientist by providing more internship program in this field.The procedure of registering them with HPCSA is heavy and without HPCSA registration they will never be recognized...ZUMA and his executive must broaden job opportunities for young medical scientist...

      grenville.felton - 2012-02-16 22:15

      why do you think this is happening Bra, lower the standards for medical entrance and this will happen would like to see how many BEE med students fair in Europe proberly will not be accepted because of lower standards

      Richard - 2012-02-17 07:52

      By lowering the entrance standards itself has absolutely no impact on the level of graduates we get.. In fact you might find some roses amongst those thorns. The problem is the graduating standards that need to be upheld (or improved on)...

  • Onellan Govender - 2012-02-16 22:12

    Engineering graduates suffer to obtain jobs fresh out of university yet our government has the audacity to state that we aren't producing enough engineering and science graduates!

      ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-02-17 00:17

      Onellan, maybe because the majority's skin colour is not black? Zuma will keep on seeking unless he downgrades even further the passing rate, only then he will find what he is looking for. Just make sure the fences and gates of universities are made to withstand a stampede.

      Dirk - 2012-02-17 05:21

      Already, "previously disadvantaged" medical students in SA are being passed with marks as low as 15% because they threaten violent action and because the faculties are under preasure to produce black "doctors" Its a farce, like so many other things in SA and the international community is fast becoming aware of this. I would imagine that in a few yrs time, SAs medical graduates will no longer be recognized in civilized countries.

      Eina - 2012-02-17 08:53

      Totally agree with you Onellan. I'm a lecturer at university in a science faculty and about 75% of our graduates of 2010 are still unemployed. No use to train more scientists and there is no job opportunities. Also, all employers nowadays want at least 2 years experience.

  • grenville.felton - 2012-02-16 22:13

    Well Zuma change out current pathetic school system and you might create good scientist, under current system and the pathetic pass requirments this will never be accomplished

  • Lynda - 2012-02-16 22:17

    Well Mr Zuma.......ask yourself why well qualified and experienced science and maths teachers (like myself) are not prepared to teach any more.....and no it is not the kids!!!!!!!!!!

      SaintBruce - 2012-02-16 22:49

      Lynda, there are so many factors at play and SA has lost many many years of opportunity to fix a known issue. A definition of POOR is: Passing Over Opportunities Regularly ! I understand that all the structures of essential services in this country are heavily politicised. What a tremendous shame. I hope you have found a niche to use your skills in the private sector.

      Marcell - 2012-02-16 23:04

      @Lynda Shake the dust of your feet and move to Aus where you are needed.

      Herman - 2012-02-17 07:16

      @marcell, why don't you take your idiot government and move to Zim, it is already what you want and deserve there, then us educated whites can start rebuilding this country for ourselves.

  • Richard - 2012-02-17 07:49

    Wonder if he knows it takes time to get an engineering degree... And handing free degrees out won't solve the problem either.

  • Barry - 2012-02-29 14:09

    The impossible we do at once miracles take a little longer.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-16 01:41

    When are these brainwashed anc puppets going to stop blaming the white man for everything? Fact, the anc has catastrophicaly damaged the education system. just pick up a school workbook and read it, its rubbish filled with propoganda. outcomes based education(which is now being phased out) failed catastrophically. You cannot produce skilled scientist if there is not a decent foundation of basic education. THIS IS NOT THE WHITE MANS FAULT! the blame lays squareley at the anc' door. Stop being blindly led to your own ultimate destruction.

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