Less than 3% of KZN adults have accredited tertiary qualifications – premier

2016-10-27 17:03
KZN Premier Willies Mchunu (City Press).

KZN Premier Willies Mchunu (City Press).

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has called for more focus on the education sector, saying that less than 3% of adults in the province have an accredited tertiary qualification.

"In KwaZulu-Natal education and skills levels are very low and less than 3% of the adult population of KZN has an accredited tertiary qualification."

Mchunu made the remarks on Thursday ahead of a meeting with vice chancellors, academics and others involved in the education sector.

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According to Mchunu, the education sector needed attention.

"We need to examine stability and the future of our higher education sector in the province. We must ensure that our education system produces the required number of skills needed to various sectors of our economy."

Mchunu said the education sector was pivotal to the economic success of the province and the country.

"There is a strong realisation that we will not achieve our job creation targets if our people are not appropriately skilled to take up the new opportunities we are creating in various sectors of the economy."

He said skills development programmes had to be "accessed by people throughout the corners of this province".

"There should be a strong focus on scarce skills such as engineering, science and technology, accounting, information technology, agriculture, health and social services."

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