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PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma says though South Africans pay a lot for education, most of the people going through the system are not trained for work.
Zuma was speaking at the Services Sector Education and Training Authority graduation ceremony for 1000 people in Durban at the weekend, 300 of them from Nkandla.
The Nkandla graduates will be employed in the Ilembe municipal region.
Dignitaries included Zuma; Marius Fransman, chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on higher education and training; Sdumo Dlamini, president of Cosatu; Professors Siphambano and Nozapho Nzimande; Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, MEC of health in KwaZulu-Natal; and executives of the Jacob Zuma Trust.
Zuma said formal education gave people wings and that their passage in life was easier and quicker as they became empowered.
"Education makes more capital out of human assets," Zuma said.
As a result government had made education the highest priority and would invest heavily in it.
"If we solve the education problem we solve half the problems of our country."
Zuma said the country had to skill people for the workplace without looking down on those without degrees.