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The Number of Skilled People are Few

Sunday, 01 October 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ernest Roper
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Statistician General, Pali Lehohla on Wednesday 27 October told a gathering in Durban that the country is faced with a high drop-out rate of high school children who are not getting the necessary skills out of the tertiary system.

“The number of skilled people are few” he said. When he released the Whither a Demographic Dividend South Africa, 2017 report.

“South Africa is a skills-hungry country.”

“Skilled employment fell from 25.5% in 2013 to 23.4% in 2016”

He said that inadequate skills are a severe obstacle to job creation. Striking evidence of inequality in South Africa is provided by Stats SA’s living Conditions Survey 2014/15.

According to Community Survey 2016, education ranked 15th as challenges that people face, with safe water and cost of electricity as the leading challenges.

Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal has recognised these challenges and has responded with a number of interventions.

Our Vuka Makhi Programme, where we are supporting learners in grade 11 and 12 with lessons in Mathematics, Physical Science, English, Life Orientation and Computer lessons every Saturday and during school holidays is designed to address the inequalities in education as referred to by Dr Lehohla.

“In the highest-income decile, the average household income was R689,672 and in the lowest income decile, the average household income was R6,279.”

These disparities translated into the type of schools to which households can send their children. The report says that South Africa’s school system is characterised by extreme inequalities, from expensive private-sector schools offering excellent education to no-fee public sector schools where the quality of education is variable.

It is in our plan that about 40 participants in the Master Builders Vuka Makhi Programme will begin their tertiary studies in 2018.

Over and above this, Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal has a bursary fund. We invite South Africans, living in KwaZulu-Natal, studying a post school qualification at an accredited institution in KwaZulu-Natal to make application for a Bursary.

Note that the closing date for applications is 5 January 2018.

Victor Smith | Training Manager

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