UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SUFFERS ANOTHER BLOW

STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF LM MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION

The UDM is shocked by the findings of the latest IDASA review on education. The review has found that provincial education departments will not be able to implement mass skills development in the next three years.

The research indicates that skills development will in the short to medium term depend solely on the efforts of the national department of Labour. It is especially disturbing that the provincial education departments are committing only 1% of their expenditure towards Adult Basic Education and Training. The shortage of skills and basic literacy is depriving a majority of our population of improved living conditions and directly contributes to the massive unemployment problem and growing poverty.

The UDM calls on the Minister of Education to meet urgently with the 9 MECís for Education and devise a strategy to realise the frequently expressed vision of the Minister of Education and the President for mass skills development.

Enquiries:

Prof Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Education

Cape Town
4 April 2001