Friday, January 08, 2010

Matric Result is Economic Failure

January 8, 2010

By SAMANTHA ENSLIN-PAYNE

The dismal performance by matriculants in maths, science and accounting is jeopardising economic growth and job creation.

Fewer matriculants with good grades in these subjects mean less candidates will be available for affirmative action programmes and less people will be available to be trained for critical jobs such as engineers and accountants, and more will join the ranks of the unemployed.

Jimmy Manyi, the director-general of the Department of Labour and president of the Black Management Forum, said yesterday: "The learners of today are the economic managers of tomorrow. If they are not well-equipped we are signing our death warrant."

Peggy Drodskie, the executive adviser to the chief executive of the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said yesterday that there was still a skills shortage despite the high level of unemployment.

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