Universities deliberately exclude students

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THANDI XABA

There are no shortages of jobs in the country despite the over 800 000 unfilled vacancies in the private sector.

According to Free Market Foundation economist Loane Sharp there is a mismatch between what tertiary institutes teach and what the employers require. He says universities are deliberately excluding students from studying various professions because those students are not properly prepared for tertiary education during their primary and secondary education.

"There is no shortage of jobs in South Africa, there are hundreds and thousands of jobs in the private sector that could be filled immediately if only the skills were available," he says.

Most of the jobs relate to management positions (junior, middle and senior positions) and the remaining jobs are in the professions.

"The universities are deliberately excluding young black students from these field of study because those students are not properly prepared for tertiary education by the primary and secondary schooling they received," he states.

Sharp further says matrics have a better chance of getting a job without a Further Education and Training (FET) college qualification than with one, since these courses had a reputation of producing inferior quality graduates.