Education needs upgrading

I fully agree with Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana says about education.

I fully agree with Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana says about education.

He says universities in South Africa do not produce the graduates that the local labour market needs.

As a structural engineer and businessman, I have been concerned for a long time.

The problem starts at school and it goes all the way to the colleges, technikons and universities. Our education system needs serious upgrading.

We have to choose a model and follow it. A child who goes to school in rural areas must be as sharp as one who goes to school in Sandton. Then BEE can be dropped so that we can compete equally.

It pains me to hear that teachers who taught us in the 70s and 80s are still there as uncomfortable as they were. Nothing has been done to improve their lot.

For instance, we still have the teachers who cannot hold a conversation with you in English for five minutes. What about the technical information and knowledge that they have to pass on to the kids?

It is a shame that 14 years after our democracy there are still only a handful of black structural engineers.

Khelane Ndwandwe,

Johannesburg

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