Education: Skills development a concern

2012-09-21 20:02

Pretoria - Low skills development in South Africa can be attributed to weak education, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Friday.

"The skills development problems in our country could be attributed to the weakness in the education and training system, starting from early childhood development and continuing right through the school and post-school system and ongoing workplace professional development."

Motlanthe was speaking in Pretoria, where he released the mid-term report of the Human Resources Development Council of SA (HRDCSA).

The HRDCSA was established two years ago in recognition that education was a top priority and in response to the challenge of low skills-based development.

Motlanthe said the HRDCSA was created to drive a human resource development strategy for the country and to advise government on its implementation and other matters relating to human resources.

"The HRDCSA is made up of social partners from all segments of society including government, organised labour, organised business, academia and other organs of civil society."

The council in 2010 adopted a human resources development strategy for South Africa until 2030, which set broad priorities for the next 20 years.

"The strategy seeks to ensure universal access to quality basic education that is purposefully focused on dramatic improvement in skills to meet the demands of a growing economy," Motlanthe said.

The council adopted a five-point plan based on strengthening and supporting Further Education and Training colleges to increase access, production of intermediate skills and professionals, and foundational learning.

He said with the strategy and plans in place, the HRDCSA would now focus its energies on ensuring all social partners played their part in the implementation of the strategy.

"The commitment shown by all social partners gives us hope that over the next 20 years South Africa will see a radical improvement [in] skills development."

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-21 20:23

    I have been reading so many articles over the last few months and the "right" things which are being said by our esteemed government. Addressing issues in a manner many of us have been mentioning on these pages over and over, and actually "copying" what we said. Then I go back to a period working for a large and known company in SA and dealing with prominant people in the emerging market. And the resemblance is uncanny. All the right words and promises - and ZERO action. Can somebody please try and explain it. My brain is simply to underdeveloped to figure it out by myself.

      rowan.clark.10 - 2012-09-21 20:29

      Quality not quantity is the answer!

      elewies - 2012-09-21 21:37

      Christelle get used to these statements. Elections are around the corner. We'll be promised 5 000 000 new jobs, housing for all, more police, less crime, wara wara wara. Sad thing is people believe it

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-09-21 21:40

      I just love this man. "could be"? It is and it is your party's led goernment that is squandering the money that is supposed to eradicate the past and skill the youth Kaallemhaar Moltande!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-21 21:46

      And Grootrot(:-)) - dumping books - and refusing to make education an essential service. Elewis - I don't think one gets used to it - or rather - one does, but honestly, it pee's one off every single time:-(

      stanton.clarke - 2012-09-21 22:02

      Christelle, its the build up to the elections.

      Greypatriot - 2012-09-22 07:32

      My thought exactly. The reason why we are failing to beat poverty and unemployment and inadequate skills is because the will to act and perform is absent. It is all talk. Our institutions are failing the people.

  • jimmy.walls.90 - 2012-09-21 20:29

    Before 1994 we did have skills development. It just needed to be expanded to everyone. What did ANCpf do? Closed down apprenticeships. Made technical Colleges into Universities. Made basic education OBE. Started life skills and Maths Literacy. For Heavens' sake. Now they cry out for skills. Id iots!

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-21 20:51

    Erm, it's been your "top priority" year after year. All the way back to '94. You've thrown more bucks at education than any other emerging country (per capita). Yet here we are. So please take your 1994 --> 2012 speeches about "universal access" and "meeting demands of a growing economy" and DO something. There are countless jobless on the one hand and countless govt. sectors, industries & businesses struggling to fill posts on the other. Your policies AGAIN have not made it from paper into reality.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-21 21:34

      Speechifying IS what the ANC regime considers as "doing". To "call" for something is regarded as "doing something". The rest of us sigh and shake our heads in dismay at their inactivity, but he'll go home and imagine that today he's actually "done something" about the education "challenge" (not "crisis"). After all, he made a speech.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-21 23:24

      @blip - what is alarming is that, judging by comments and 'thumbs up' on many of Motlanthe & Vavi & even JM's comments over the last few weeks, too many get way too excited because some person says something they want to hear/read. Later they'll go off to act and/vote on that alone, instead of interrogating, the Who, How, When and Where - and What Will it Cost.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-09-21 20:56

    Skills! Really? South Africa must be the highest skilled country in the world. Certainly in how to steal, tender, be corrupt, nepotism..... IF we really needed skills, why are whites excluded from doing jobs that transfer skills and mentor upcoming "unskilled" people? IF we really needed skills why EE.BBBEE????? Education, (30% matric and internationally suspect university degrees), does not equate to skills. Every job nowadays is advertised with minimum education level of some degree, in the hope of getting someone that is p1ssed off with his/her employer, or will move at an inflated salary. Skills mean being able to do the job.......

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-09-21 21:27

    What brilliance! What genius! A super sleuth!

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-09-21 21:29

    Uh yezzzz ees problem with edukashin

  • hennie.buys1 - 2012-09-21 21:35

    Start by getting rid of SADTU ...nuff said :P

      ronwyn.morgan1 - 2012-09-21 22:11

      Hennie now that's the truth! Also retain the child if the teacher says that the child is not ready to progress

  • elewies - 2012-09-21 21:35

    No sh#t Sherlock. If any deputy president uttered an idiotic thing like this in any other reasonably respectable country the population would demand his head on a stick

  • nads.delange - 2012-09-21 21:43

    Total genius, I tell you!! Why didn't I think of that?? This is why the DA today opened a School of Skills in Riebeek West. See, the ANC talks and steals the news headlines, while the DA quietly goes about their business of actually putting words into actions.

  • raul.curado.1 - 2012-09-21 21:52

    Low skills development in South Africa can be attributed to weak education, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Friday. What a great discovery since the discovery of the wheel! So why ? Could it be because the good educators were replaced by formerly disvantaged educators who then became lazy, slopy and rapists of the school children?

  • ron.samuels.129 - 2012-09-22 03:49

    well Mr VP,it took you 20 years to realize that?you and your buddies in government took all the money!Just leave the masses uneducated this way they won't know what a bunch of thieves they are voting for!

  • ron.samuels.129 - 2012-09-22 03:50

    this guy is not the sharpest knife in the drawer either!

  • josias.raditedu - 2012-09-22 04:31

    This 20 year old plan should be assessed yearly on its progress or else its just somebodys elses plan to assured pension life enrichment

  • henk63 - 2012-09-22 08:37

    To think these people run the country. I shudder. Where will we end up? Is there any hope left?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-22 09:55

    Actually what is happening now, they are herding young people into various sectors and training them, whether they have the right qualifications or not. In our local newspaper 47 students have been rounded up and are being sent to cuba to train as doctors, my maids daughter was into chemical engineering to study next year, she has'nt a clue what it entails, she thought it was something to do in a chemist. So what type of quality professionals are we going to see really coming through in the next few year.....Here we know they will get their degrees etc whether they actually earn them or not. What does that say for our country....2nd class professionals. Why of Why are they ruining future generations just to stay in power. When will they wake up and stop depending on the ANC for everything. Yes The ANC fought for the struggle, they succeeded but now they must move on they are free they are not locked in anymore what are they afraid of. Does it really matter who runs the country, so long as they are using taxpayers monies to uplift and maintain all the structures, giving us a good education the ministers and officials are not bleeding us dry and are open and honest and have some type of integrity. We can all again be proud people. Its time to stop 2nd rate passes and 2nd rate educaton, if you dont make the grade, the idea is work harder.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-22 10:35

    Dear Kgalema, if you mean a variant of 'Outcomes Based', forget it.

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