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Ramphele: Education is key

2012-11-01 10:17

Pretoria - Educating the citizens of South Africa was the key to a successful nation, Gold Fields chairperson and activist Mamphela Ramphele said in Pretoria on Wednesday.

"An education that focuses on both the skills needed to earn a living as well as living lives that are meaningful provides an impetus for excellence and relevance," she said.

Delivering Unisa’s 2012 Founders Lecture on Educating and Training the 21st Century South African Citizen, Ramphele said Unisa had a large role to play, with its fellow higher education institutions in a country with an education system which was failing so many children.

"The poor quality of education in our country is generating poverty and inequality and undermining the opportunity we have to build a nation united in its diversity," she said.

"The failure to close the gap between the education available to poor children and that which is accessible to their wealthier peers is entrenching inequality."

‘Govt weighed down by conflicts of interest’

Ramphele said it undermined the nation’s ability to compete and to flourish in the 21st century.

She said government was weighed down by conflicts of interest between its role as equity holder of Telkom and being a regulator.

"The current stalemate which has resulted in expensive and inaccessible bandwidth for the majority who need it most is costing the country billions in inefficient public services," she said.

"Poor quality teaching and learning has cost us potential investment opportunities and lowered human and intellectual capital formation. We have to find a way of breaking this log-jam before it is too late for many more millions of children and young people."

Ramphele lamented the widespread xenophobia in South Africa particularly against citizens of countries which gave refuge to exiles during the apartheid years.

"Why is the South African version of xenophobia so specifically directed at fellow Africans and not at other foreign nationals?" she asked.

"The job that needs to be done is to go deeper than providing explanations for xenophobic behaviour and to start having the conversations about the steps we should take to overcome and get past these differences."

Looking to Brazil

She used Brazil as an example for leveraging its largest-economy status in the region to become the central node of Latin American human and intellectual capital with huge benefits for its own sustainable development needs.

"The networks of post-graduate students and research collaboration have made Brazil a powerhouse.

"The relatively small investments in open access to post-graduate studies for students from the Latin American region are paying back huge dividends."

The 21st century demanded high standards of knowledge and competence, Ramphele said.

The countries that excelled at preparing their young people for those opportunities were the countries that thrived.

Comments
  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-01 10:30

    Most of us have been saying this for years. I would like to see some fresh, interesting news. Not reports on politicians and activists repeating the same rhetoric every week.

      johny.stront - 2012-11-01 10:56

      Thank you. exactly my thoughts.

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-11-01 11:12

      I wonder if she worked this out all by herself.

      peterpeter.pumkineater.5 - 2012-11-01 11:21

      EDUCATION IS KEY!!!! SO! lets lower the pass rate, so more dumb a***s can pass!

      Willie - 2012-11-01 12:18

      We need action now, no more groot bek talk is cheap. We need a true shakeup FORM A NEW PARTY OF INTELLECTUALS PLEASE

      wvmerwe - 2012-11-01 13:21

      It is easy to state this but no politicians or activists have any plan to improve things.

      johnny.sloane.3 - 2012-11-01 14:14

      http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Dr-Mamphela-Ramphele-for-President-20121030

      jacques.smit - 2012-11-01 14:19

      Lol, go spot the Math mistake on the front page of the official Census report.. Makes you realise the scope of problems in our education system... http://www.statssa.gov.za/Publications/P03014/P030142011.pdf

      tyson.love.94 - 2012-11-01 14:56

      What expensive school fees buy you is the following: Sport trophies; Sport uniforms; Sport equipments; Expensive trips you still have to pay for; Participation certifications; Art courses; Talent classes; ENGLISH LANGUAGE (There 11 Official Languages in SA); Cleaning personnel; Food & Drinks at Events; i.e. Crab! It is easy to spot whether somebody has a child in expensive school, just look at the displayed trophies and participation certificates in their homes. Participating certificate is a wipe your behind paper.

  • jannie.devos.10 - 2012-11-01 10:31

    This woman will get my vote for president any day. I believe that the reason why education is not a priority for the present government is simple. Keep your constituency uneducated and dependent on a measly grant and you'll have their votes for as long as they live! Educate them and you will lose them because then they have alterantives.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-01 10:41

    Company Director not activist

      ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-11-01 11:50

      And citizen of South Africa just like you and me. At least she is speaking up to make the country better and using her station to get the message across. She definitely gets a round of applause from me

      suash - 2012-11-01 12:26

      Don't you think she's a company director because she is educated. Don't be a hater go educated yourself.

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-11-01 10:52

    There will be no action in changing our main stream education for the better for as long as we have the Zumonarch in charge and the tripartite alliance. This is because, currently, the interests of SADTU practically outweigh the importance of the learner.

      suash - 2012-11-01 12:28

      100% agree. People used to get into teaching because of the love of spreading knowledge, now they just want to be teachers because of the short working hours and strikes for more pay

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-11-01 18:51

      SADTU-They are the biggest cause of education failing because they protect mediocrity

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-11-01 11:00

    Why doesent she Stand for up and join the DA --Zille is Fantastic but the Majority cant bring themselves to vote DA while she is there. C,mon Mamphela : Instead of theorising -Get Involved . Possibly Time Mandela came out of his Slumber as well and sorted the ANC Thugs out --No One else will.

      anthea.freiman - 2012-11-01 11:31

      http://www.subject2citizen.co.za/

  • sandy.sutherland.58 - 2012-11-01 11:15

    "Why is the South African version of xenophobia so specifically directed at fellow Africans and not at other foreign nationals?" she asked. Is she saying that it would be ok if it was directed at others? It should actually not be directed at ANYONE!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-01 11:28

      How was America?

      sibusiso.hlongwane.92 - 2012-11-01 12:33

      haha! blew the whole east coast.

  • cheers.perez - 2012-11-01 11:34

    The first KEY to introducing "quality education" is for the general population to have smaller families to avoid the trap of poverty - too many mouths to feed, bodies to clothe and education costs to contribute to. The second KEY is for all Education Depts. to be taken out of local/municipal (political) control and managed by retired professionals across the social/racial/economic spectrum. Thirdly, high schools need to provide more vocational guidance and skills-based training to facilitate the transition to apprenticeships and possibly the workplace. All primary school education should be in the child's first language: with English only introduced in Grade 3 or 4. That's just for starters.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-11-01 11:34

    So, hat is she saying? Great revelation. Wow, great news. Great discovery. Nobody would of thought of educating a nation. Stupid people talking sh@t again. Politicians at work.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-11-01 12:14

    "Why is the South African version of xenophobia so specifically directed at fellow Africans and not at other foreign nationals?", I can tell you why: the "other foreign nationals" come with High Qualifications to help this country.

  • cecille.staden - 2012-11-01 12:24

    Hi Completely agree with Dr Ramphele in what she said especially about xenophobia in South Africa. I always thought is strangely inappropriate that we as a nation seem to hate and dislike those that look more like us than those who do not.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-11-01 12:38

    No, no, no! The key to prosperity is an anc ticket to parliament! It can open endless opportunities...national treasury, provincial bank a/cs, tenders etc. Just check with the moronic thieves you have elected. How many of those dingbats have a proper education. In the apartheid years, I was a 'dangerous darkie' cos I was educated! Funny how time changes...now, I'm a critical amakhula !

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-11-01 12:49

    Quality education and only in the right fields can make a difference. people should also be guided into education that is suitable for their individual intellectual reality. Democracy however is in essence mobrule and there-for the mob decides that their stupid ideas should be brought into law as can clearly be seen in RSA. Even worse is that they, who add least, vote themselves money from taxes paid by those who add most to the economy. This is Freedom? Freedom for who???

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2012-11-01 12:54

    Everyone knows the value of a good education; we do not need Ramphele to tell us this. Get rid of those responsible for the decay and replace them with competent people. Ramphele knows what is required, but talking about it is fruitless. I doubt if she has any influence to make the political donkeys who run the education department do anything.

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-11-01 12:55

    No. Connections are the keyS, Dr.

  • stuart.scully.31 - 2012-11-01 13:43

    It only took 18 years to work this one out! Well done!

  • jacques.smit - 2012-11-01 14:08

    Ok looks like i cant post url links here, but go look for the official census report on the statssa dot gov dot za page, and spot the basic math mistake... Hilarious and sad at the same time... makes you realise how pathetic some of the teachers are in our education system...

      jacques.smit - 2012-11-01 14:21

      Front page picture of http://www.statssa.gov.za/Publications/P03014/P030142011.pdf

  • tyson.love.94 - 2012-11-01 14:59

    What expensive school fees buy you is the following: Sport trophies; Sport uniforms; Sport equipments; Expensive trips you still have to pay for; Participation certifications; Art courses; Talent classes; ENGLISH LANGUAGE (There 11 Official Languages in SA); Cleaning personnel; Food & Drinks at Events; i.e. Crab! It is easy to spot whether somebody has a child in expensive school, just look at the displayed trophies and participation certificates in their homes. Participating certificate is a wipe your behind paper.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-01 15:36

    Education will never be what it should be in SA as long as the ANC is in power. The ANC will only stay in power if the majority of the country is uneducated as they do not understand that they have a choice to vote differently. I believe that the ANC is keep the country undeduacted on purpose to ensure that they will remain in power!

  • willem.v.hoven - 2012-11-01 16:11

    You have got it wrong. STRIKING for higher wages is the key.

  • anthonie.vanbosch - 2012-11-01 18:50

    Formal academic education is important but should not be seen as the only solution. In many European countries (some now on the brink of bankruptcy), every second person has a degree of some sort. Many degrees in those countries are useless and many of those qualified people are now clerks. We need good education, which also caters for persons who have more technical skills and interest than academic aspirations.

  • anthonie.vanbosch - 2012-11-01 18:50

    In my opinion, schools should start at grade 8 separating children in groups of interest, whether academic, technical or no interest at all. If one wants to become a welder, he or she should have had specific career orientated subjects as from grade 8. Those with no interest at all should have basic education until grade 12 but should always have the opportunity to attend a university after grade 12.

  • anthonie.vanbosch - 2012-11-01 18:51

    Attending school should be on the same principles some countries have national military service making it an offence not to attend. If a child has no parents or no responsible and caring parents, then the state should see to it that this child attend school as its primary guardian until he or she pass grade 12. A responsible caring State will do this. I cannot believe that the Census has shown that less than a third of adults in this Country has obtained grade 12. This is almost mind-boggling but explains the third world perception of South Africa! The State must act now on this and make Education now for once and all a national Priority so that we can move towards First World Objectives!

  • anthonie.vanbosch - 2012-11-01 18:51

    Education must be good in the sense that whatever one is studying; the teacher giving it is well equipped to deal with the subject matter. South Africa has a lack of artisans at the moment and we need to address this issue as well. Education must therefore combine with commons sense all around and current and future job demand information for the pupils and their parents. That is why all schools need good Teacher Guidance Officers; otherwise you will have too much accountant’s etceteras. AA & BEE should also be explained to pupils and their parents in making career decisions. Enough said.

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-11-01 20:36

    Jansen for president and Ramphele for vice.

  • herman0023 - 2012-11-14 10:35

    SA Education is problematic...the facts are clear. 1. SA Ranks last out of 65 Countries with the Mathematics proficiency of various grades – TIMSS 2. Our 2011 ANA results show that, on average, our children have a 28%-35% Mathematics Proficiency over various grades. 2012 Results not available yet. 3. The same 2011 ANA Proficiency Examination was handed to the teachers, and over 70% were unable to complete it – They failed miserably! 4. The only way to resolve this immediately, is to have a “World Class Master Educator” in each Government School Across South Africa, in each classroom and in front of each Child in South Africa – So that each child has an equal and fair opportunity towards attaining academic excellence, and the Educators have a world class Reference to a) Learn how to master these career critical subjects themselves, b) Learn how to convey the message incredibly clear, step-by-step, systematically, comprehensively and repetitively. 5. How do we then clone such a teacher ? Digital Tutorial Material! 6. www.saedt.co.za – The only viable solution with immediate , measurable results!

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