Media Statement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr B.E. Nzimande, MP
Pretoria, 12th January 2012
Part of this statement focuses on the fact that three million youths between the ages of 18 – 24 are in no kind of training, nor are they in the labour market. This poses a massive problem for the South African society as a whole.
“A major problem in the system as a whole is that provision of post-school education and training is inadequate in quantity, diversity and, in many but not all instances, quality. Approximately three million young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are not accommodated in either the education and training system or the labour market, thus preventing many of them from fully participating in shaping a democratic South Africa as informed citizens. This is an appalling waste of human potential, and a potential source of serious social instability.”
It can be seen that the skills training needs of South Africa as a whole are enormous and challenging. New moves are afoot to address these needs with ideas for the reworking and re-conceptualising of the system.