Naledi Pandor: Society wanted free education
Minister of Higher Education Naledi Pandor says graduate unemployment is lower than unemployment among the general population.
Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Pandor says the growing unemployment statistic is something to be concerned about, however, she says those with university education tend to be the ones who find employment above those who are unskilled.
We have not succeeded in convincing the South African population that the root to critical skills and to entrepreneurship and employment opportunity is the technical and vocational sector.Naledi Pandor, Minister of Higher Education
Minister Pandor says the timing of the free higher education announcement by former president, Jacob Zuma was a surprise, though it had been deliberated on during the Heher Commission.
The minister says the public must understand that everything it demands needs to be paid for - and that payment comes from state coffers, and so government priorities need to be reviewed.
I don't agree that funding has been taken away from early childhood development or the provision of infrastructure within the basic education sector.Naledi Pandor, Higher education minister
Minister Pandor says society wanted free higher education.
Society wanted this that was my understanding. I wasn't sure that there was an option because I don't recall in the course in the fees must fall commentary; there was no one who was against the argument by students for support for the higher education.Naledi Pandor, Higher education minister
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