Blade to matrics: I hope you won't burn property

2016-10-04 18:04
Blade Nzimande

Blade Nzimande (Bongiwe Gumede)

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Pietermaritzburg - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Tuesday urged a group of matric students to speak out against the burning of university property.

"I hope you will be a generation that will value our educational property. You must say, as young people,- 'don't destroy our property because we may need it'," he said.

He was speaking at the release of a book which chronicles the history of his alma mater, Georgetown Secondary School in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, where he was a pupil in the 1970s.

The minister took the audience down memory lane and impressed upon pupils the need to appreciate history.

At the tail of his address he begrudgingly referred to the protests at universities.

"I am touching on it, though, reluctantly. Because the media has a bad habit; whatever I am going to say today, they are likely not to cover it, except if I talk about Fees Must Fall.

"This government has opened enormous opportunities, especially for children from poor backgrounds who are academically capable, to be able to pursue post-school studies," Nzimande said.

While university was important, there were other opportunities after matric, like technical and vocational education and training colleges, that provided skills the economy needed.

"I don't want you to have this thing that in order to think you have made it, you have got to go to university only," he said.

 

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