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education90TimesLive reports that basic education director-general (DG) Mathanzima Mweli said on 3 January 2019 during a technical briefing ahead of the release of the 2018 matric results that six out of 10 schools in SA needed to become technical schools.  

“We need to change, to move towards making sure that 60% of our schools offer technical, occupational as well as technical vocational skills … to create the skills and competencies that would afford economic growth in our country,” he stated.  There are 25,762 schools in the country - 23,796 public and 1,996 private – while there are 1,010 technical high schools.  According to Mweli, President Cyril Ramaphosa advised that the basic education department should transform some academic schools to technical schools.  Mwele also indicated that there had been a “major” drop in the number of learners enrolled for accounting and business studies.  “If we don’t arrest the situation in accounting and business studies, we might have to import chartered accounts from neighboring countries and from across the ocean,” he observed.

  • Read the original report by Nico Gous in full at TimesLive

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