Education spending not a waste - Phiyega

2012-11-13 14:52

Pretoria - The government's investment in education has not gone to waste, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"Today is proof of what the investment has yielded," she told police graduates at the Tshwane police academy.
"You must see that learning is not a destination, but rather see learning as a way of life."

Police personnel were able to graduate in fields such as human resource management, public administration, and forensic science.

Difficult journey

Many of these people came from an era where decent education and skills development were not acquired through formal channels.

"We know that the journey has not been easy."

Phiyega said 338 of the graduates were part of the recognition of prior learning programme. They had acquired skills during the course of their work and these were now formally recognised.

"Through these qualifications these members have gained a sense of self-worth."

Of the 331 detectives that graduated on Tuesday, 84 had prior learning.

'Blue' hearts

"These are employees who are driven. Their blood is blue, their hearts are blue and their minds are blue."

Also in attendance at the ceremony were former acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi and Northern Cape commissioner Lieutenant General Janet Basson.

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union general secretary Nkosinathi Theledi congratulated the graduates and thanked them for their service to society.

"Don't just be great officers, but be good people in society," he said.

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-11-13 15:02

    Any comment on Marikana?Dont laugh Phiyega,.this is a serious question

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-13 15:17

      Bla bla bla, the same old useless government talking to the hand!

  • Andrea - 2012-11-13 15:03

    "Of the 331 detectives that graduated on Tuesday, 84 had prior learning." Does this mean the other 247 cannot read or write, and that this basic education was only acquired at the police college?

      jaques.carolus - 2012-11-13 15:12

      Those were the ones who got certificates in other courses before entering police

      jeremy.thewasp - 2012-11-13 15:26

      Everyone knows the SAPS are a complete and utter joke... Maybe, just maybe 5% are still honest, the balance are so damn corrupt it's sad one can bribe their way out of anything these days Everything goes into file 13 with ANC SAPS How many Chiefs of Police and Ministers have commited fraud? Cele,'s so embarrassing

  • jaques.carolus - 2012-11-13 15:17

    I ask thee don't become corrupt. Rather eat pap then take bribes from criminals. Gud luck with ur future in serving the nation with pride.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-13 15:45

    So they don't only weigh candidates for selection? You could have fooled me!

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-11-13 15:52

    When I see our police in the streets, I wonder as to their levels of fitness. My goodness, have you seen most of them.? No pride whatsoever . Fat, corrupt , thieving slobs. Never mind education because whatever it is, it's rigged like the education of our government officials.

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-11-13 16:13

    Knowledge is only useful in the hands of someone who knows what to do with it.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-13 17:12

    "Their blood is blue, their hearts are blue and their minds are blue." Of course it is... It's Monday.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-13 17:28

    If Government raised the bar in education just imagine we would have a lot more intelligent people and whatsmore their would not be so many unemployed people. Half the people that are currently looking for jobs are not employable because of their education. It is well known that a lot of matric's have been given free passes to make government look good. My maids son passed matric but he he has failed his learners test 4 times. Twice he had actually had the questions and the answers given to him by a corrupt official who charged him R500 and he still failed twice nogal ha ha ha even his mother is laughing at him. So how did he pass his matric.....ask yourself that same question.

  • Ayanda - 2012-11-13 17:55

    Useless police commissioner we ever had. She must return to corporate business where she does a good work

  • johannes.ramiki - 2012-11-13 19:32

    good luck guys i hope they are no longer chase us away at the parlament please do right stats especially you guys at human resource management

  • Ntshobs - 2012-11-14 07:56

    Now I understand why we only see negative comments about government/ANC led governement on news24, this DA publication keeps deleting all comments that are positive about government. well news24 not all of us are proDA, we only criticise where there is a need. DELETE THIS ONE ALSO NXA!MORON

  • benson.mzwamadodamadala - 2012-11-14 09:16

    Phiyega I think this mutter is not for you if Im not mistaken. You didnt finish the case of killing the enocent people in Marikana. The qustions was based to you and your Minister that who gave the order to the Police to kill the people. Still now you didnt give them the answere now you answere where you suppose you not answere. Meaning that you promote this corraption that is happening at this f@@ken ANC goverment infact together with you. Or even you, you still looking for the chance to get some millions for you.The question of Dep.. of education thet waist lot of money this is not for you becuase you didnt answere the question that based to you for killing the people faken nja.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-14 12:13

    We are still waiting for a detective to come and see us almost three weeks after a burglary. The guy who checked for fingerprints brought his girlfriend along and one of the policemen asked me if he could have my medals. Some education General, but nothing to be proud of.

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