Nzimande: Not enough health skills

2012-10-23 22:38

Johannesburg - Medical schools focused on reducing the country's health skills scarcity are not producing enough professionals, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday.

"Government is... very concerned about the throughput rate, to the extent that we have met with the deans of scarce skills faculties," he said at a meeting with the SA Medical Association (Sama).

Nzimande said graduate output targets in the human health scarce skills field would not be met by 2014.

He said the departments of higher education and health also needed to work together to help improve the numbers.

"In our discussions with the deans, we have further highlighted the need to develop a comprehensive programme of tutoring and mentoring first year students as one of the ways of dealing with the low graduate throughput rate in the scarce skills areas," Nzimande said.

At the meeting, Sama said it was concerned that the output of black doctors was not proportionate to the number of first year black students.

The failure rate among black students also tended to be particularly high, the association said.

Nzimande said a high level technical team was also working on a plan to establish a new tertiary institution to replace the Medical University of SA (Medunsa).

  • SharonE - 2012-10-23 22:52

    "we have further highlighted the need to develop a comprehensive programme of tutoring and mentoring first year students" Yes, they need to learn how to read and write first - Courtesy of Angie Motshekga

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-10-24 01:04

    Another 'thumbs down' to the Education department.. Ffs, everything in SA going south..

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-24 01:49

      Can't go too far south though. We even limited at that.

  • Danie - 2012-10-24 03:59

    Could it not be that the higher failure rate among black students is as result of them nearly automatically being accepted for medical studies? While the white students , must be the cream of the crops to be accepted? That student to be top in the country, know dedication and hard work? Does this affirmative acceptance policies actually work in favour of whites? Does it not break a black student falling out of medical school , for life , where he should in any case, not have been in the first place?

  • precious.yumyum - 2012-10-24 04:21

    why did the anc government close nursing colleges? what is stopping them from reopening both teachers and nursing colles? blade nzimande is just a useless fat cat rewarded with a high paying job for supporting zuma. he is clueless with higher education the same witg angie motshekga.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-24 09:35

      why did the anc government close nursing colleges? what is stopping them from reopening both teachers and nursing colles? Good question. It also blows me over. Even the technical field/training was let down.

  • Amused-Reader - 2012-10-24 05:16

    So you make matric so easy that is a joke rather than fix the education system, a decision that cripples mainly black students, then you give easier entry to black students rather than equipping them to compete on an equal footing, and now wonder why they don't make the grade. Many a lesson for SA in this scenatio !!!

      tsatsi.golden - 2012-10-24 07:44

      u must remember that you white u got the advantage of language

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-24 07:55

      Tsatsi, since when are all whites English?

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-24 08:02

      Tsatsi, Let this old man tell you something. Forget about "you white u got the advantage of language" This is about you, not me or any other white. If you want to be professional in a professional job capacity anywhere in the world, you need to constantly read and study in your field for the rest of your life. If you want to excel you cannot sit isolated in a cocoon. The languages that international studies, articles, comments and other manner of information are published, are not in any of the 11 South African languages, except English. It is the obsessions of the failed education system in this country that does not acknowledge this. Whether you like it or not, learn English, even if you do not love it, so that you can communicate with the world. Do not fall into the Mugabe (and I see the ANC/Gov is starting to follow), trap of hating all that is "foreign/English" You owe it to yourself and your people......

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-10-24 08:23

      @tsati: why do you think countries like China and India are placing so much effort in teaching their kids English?I am Afrikaans by birth but I made an effort to learn English so that I can compete on a global field and so will my kids. This does not mean that I will now ignore my culture, because it will always be part of me.Your hatred of the White people is actually your downfall.Join us us so that you can see what makes us successful, not try and kill us.

      mfundo.radebe1 - 2012-10-27 07:21

      Tsatsi! I am black, I know English. My mom emphasised that I know how to communicate. I get the highest in English in my class. And yes I go to a school with white people. 80% of my class is white. If you want to succeed STOP being ignorant

  • an.a.969 - 2012-10-24 06:31

    If u take what salary a qualified nurse gets paid, it's no wonder...violent striking is not an option.

      mafa.smith.9 - 2012-10-24 06:42

      donosa is also not an option

  • fanie.oosthuizen - 2012-10-24 06:33

    How can infrastructure that was built to produce 150-180 doctors per year, all of a sudden produces 250 per year?

  • mafa.smith.9 - 2012-10-24 06:35

    my pre'94 matric certificate is far more supirior than the pathetic state of education these poor kids are given,i am not suprised they are failling....your votes can steer this ship to safer shores,if not made from your heart

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-24 07:23

    The high drop out rates at higher learning institutes are mainly due to the inability to cope with necessary study and skill requirements. Until such time as our education system and standard of teaching improves many school leavers will enter higher education institutions and drop out as they cannot cope.

  • Anthony - 2012-10-24 07:25

    30 years ago the Medical Schools were already passing black students with lower grades than whites. I can only imagine that the grade gap for a pass has only widened since then. If the ANC didn't have such an abhorrent political ideology and if they had embraced the whites and their safety, maybe enough properly trained and competant doctors would have remained in the country.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-24 07:35

    Please start with the delivery of text books to our schools so that students can come through the process and end up in medical schools etc. Because you're stupid don't keep the children stupid. Oh, I forgot, you must keep them stupid so they can vote for you . Educate them and cheerio tata votes.

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-24 08:00

    Skills are not transferred. You actually have to work for them. The government interferes in every aspect of life, they create the imbalance and are too ignorant to understand the effect and imbalance they create.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-24 08:21

    Yeah that's right, if your black doctors don't make it, then let's just replace an entire institution (Medunsa) with another one where criteria can be adjusted to ensure your black doctors succeed, because it's not the level of intellect that matters here, the current institution is obviously at fault (no matter that this very institution put out thousands of qualified medical practitioners over several decades!)

      mfundo.radebe1 - 2012-10-27 07:16

      I simply could not have put it in a better way.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-24 09:03

    When student of the minority had 7 distinctions and applied to be accepted into medical school, he was turned away, That same student is now in Australia and doing exceedingly well....when he has completed his studies he will be lost to South Africa. When will these people see what they are doing to this country because of their stupidity to let they people work together. Every year to keep up this charade every year the country will slip further down the slope. Importing 3rd grade medical doctors is not the answers either. Dont chase away what you have for 3rd rate failures.

  • godesha - 2012-10-24 09:42

    Blade, here's what you could do. Go build some more universities, that sure will take care of the problem. Don't worry about giving the future students a good, solid foundation of proper schooling (and textbooks).

  • andremandela.julias - 2012-10-24 10:42

    This because of your racist university entry admissions you moron.Keep struggling.

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