Learners encouraged to develop scarce skills

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Deputy Minister of Education, Mduduzi Manana PHOTO: PULANE CHOANE

Youths intending to study at institutions of higher learning in South Africa face the challenge of not having enough skills that render them employable, especially by companies in the private sector that hire the most people in South Africa.
This is according to Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Mduduzi Manana, who says there is the challenge of having youths that are both unemployed as well as unemployable in South Africa.
“During an indaba we had last year with various partners in the public and private sector as well as twenty unemployed graduates from every province, we found that the private sector is often willing to hire our youth, however, many of them remain unemployed because they do not have skills relevant to the employers,” Manana said.
“In South Africa there are now over a hundred careers that require scarce skills and we encourage learners, especially learners here at Bartimea, to pursue these careers. These are skills that are most needed in the South African job market and having them almost guarantees one a job. It means one will have the relevant skills that are in demand from employers,” he added.
Manana said that the department encourages all learners, particularly disabled learners, to not sell themselves short but rather pursue their dreams, working hard and ensuring that they are more than just Sassa grant recipients.
“We want you not to leave this school and become a burden to your parents. We want you all to be prominent men and women in our society with flourishing careers and scarce skills,” Manana added.
He also said that the department is currently working on a higher response framework policy that will ensure that the challenges faced by disabled learners in institutions of higher learning across the country are addressed and are adequately responded to.
Manana spoke at the Bartimea School for the deaf and blind in Thaba Nchu on Tuesday as he was visiting the school to promote post-school opportunities. – Pulane Choane 
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