Good education will reduce unemployment and is indeed the golden key to unlocking South Africa’s enormous economic potential to the advantage of everybody in the country, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on the economy says.
Adv. Alberts says he agrees with the comments of Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General of South Africa, that good education is important to create more productive citizens and that youths with a Matric stand a much better change of getting work than those without it.
“Lehohla confirms that the road to work goes through good education. But given our poor education system most people will remain victims of unemployment and it is the fault of the ANC which subjects everybody to poor education, especially with regards to mathematics and science.
“The minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga should in particular take the blame for so many children who do not complete their school careers, as well as for a system which hands out certificates which are hardly worth the paper it is printed on.
“The government experimented with outcomes based education for too long, even after it was clear that it had failed. Add to this the poor curriculum and infrastructure, or lack thereof, and it is clear why somebody such as the Statistician-General believes that the country’s unemployment and poor economic growth is related to poor basic education.
“It is essential that adjustments are made quickly to raise the performance level of all schools to that of Afrikaans schools. At this stage it is clear why increasing numbers of people turn to home-schooling,” Adv. Alberts says.
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