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education90TimesLive writes that SA is increasingly becoming an economy driven by the tertiary sector, but pupils’ poor performance in critical subjects is hindering them from entering the job market.

This is the view of the deputy head of research at the Centre for Risk Analysis (CRA), Gerbrandt van Heerden, who was speaking on Thursday at the release of an socio-economic survey of SA. He said a huge chunk of government expenditure was going to education, but the outcome was poor compared to other countries. The survey paints a worrying picture about the state of basic education with pupils performing poorly in subjects such as mathematics and physical sciences.   Van Heerden pointed out these were the subjects young people needed to be absorbed into occupations such as engineering and IT. “There is a skills mismatch because our economy is becoming more reliant on the tertiary sector which demands a highly qualified and highly skilled workforce and our pupils are performing exceptionally poorly in critical subjects,” Van Heerden noted. The survey shows there is a low pupil retention rate in SA’s schools, which demonstrates why there is such a huge youth crisis emerging in SA where two-thirds of young men between the ages of 15 and 24 were unemployed in 2021, while the figure increased to 80% for young women. The survey highlights policy risks, including that the government continues to double down on damaging regulations by considering policies such as the Employment Equity Bill and the Draft Companies Amendment Bill.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Phathu Luvhengo at TimesLive

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