SA Blacks “Less Educated” Than Ever

Evidence of black-ruled South Africa’s ongoing regression has been delivered once again with statistics showing that black youth born after the ANC came to power are now less skilled than their parents.

“When parents are better equipped than the children, it’s a sign of regression,” said Statistician-General Pali Lehohla at this week’s release of The Social Profile of Youth, 2009–2014 report.

According to the report, issued by the government’s Department of Statistics, the percentage of South African black professional, managerial, and technical workers aged 25 to 34 has dropped by 2 percent over the past 20 years.

This development has left that generation less skilled than previous ones—and less skilled than every other race and age group.

The research “does not even take into consideration additional dynamics such as the research showing a stark decline in bachelor degree completion rates among black African and colored students since the mid-1990s,” Lehohla said.

Jobs are linked to education levels, and little has changed since 2009. Those with not even a matric (a school-leaving certificate) are most likely to remain unemployed—consistently at 57 percent in the five-year period under review—while those with matric recorded unchanged unemployment levels of 38 percent.

This dropped to 1 percent among graduates in the period from 2009 to 2014, while those with other tertiary education other than university degrees dropped to 4 percent in 2014, slightly down from 5 percent in 2009.

The government touts an increase of numbers not only in higher education—about 800,000 students wrote the 2015 exam, although education experts and activists have for years cautioned that only half of those who start in Grade 1 complete Grade 12—and as a percentage in various public work programs.

“But the devil lies in the detail of proportionality,” a report in the local Daily Maverick news service said.

“The numbers may well be up, but the proportion in relation to the country’s youth cohort remains the same. Thus there has been no real, systemic change.”

“Education is the solution to the problem. We are not increasing the proportion of people in education,” said Lehohla.

Describing this situation as “a cocktail of disaster” he pointed out that South Africa’s “youth bulge” is not translating into a gain of social and human capital. “It suggests a very difficult future,” he said.

Young people aged 15 to 34 continue to make up the bulk of the unemployed: two thirds, or five million, on the strict definition of being able, willing, and actively seeking work, but not having a job.

This rises to 75 percent on the expanded definition, which includes those too discouraged to try to find work alongside those studying or doing unpaid work in the home like caring for the elderly or children.

In the economically active 25 to 34 age group, unemployment has remained almost constant between 2009 and 2014, around 40.4 percent in 2014

Enterpreneurism, often touted as the way to employment, has dropped among youths on average by 2.6 percent but more notably among women—6.2 percent, in the same period.

Other statistics to emerge from the report revealed that:

* The “youth” made up 21.1 percent of all recorded deaths for 2008. The two leading causes of death amongst youth were “certain infectious and parasitic diseases” (e.g. TB, intestinal infectious diseases, HIV, viral diseases) and “external causes of morbidity and mortality” (i.e. unnatural death e.g. car accidents, murder).

* Male “youths” mainly succumbed to “external causes of morbidity and mortality’ in both 2008 (34.7 percent) and 2013 (43.2 percent). The main cause of death for female youth was found to be ‘certain infectious and parasitic disease’—43.8 percent in 2008 and 44.8 percent in 2013.

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  1. Very interesting that you should mention this.These children are soon set to be cannon fodder.I dont know if you have been following the news in South Africa these past few days?A certain part bleeds for these youngsters.Another part says "You decide in life whats coming to you" The current problems are also as result of lack of discipline and moral decay.The facts speak for themselves.Thousands now have access to higher education.Thousands fall out every year.Why?Many of them wake up with a bang when they find they are very ill equipped to deal on a tertiary level.Due to the overall standards being adjusted downward in order to look good.They are doing these children an enormous disfavor.They arrive on campus with six or seven distinctions,yet cannot muster even first year economics.Many cant even read or spell properly.They think university is a huge party. Surprise of note awaits.Then they began interfering into university education standards so on we go.Now far more are graduating,however when they arrive at my office for a job vacancy another surprise awaits.We now conduct psychometric and competency tests beforehand.Return to begin and do not collect your 200 Rand on the way.We are currently waiting for more interference to try and influence us to appoint these graduates regardless of competency.This will happen and not.The corporate sector is not dumb struck by influence from the outside.As soon as our profit margins begin to slide we will work them out.Many leave out of free choice as they are simply not capable of performing even menial tasks.Mistakes do happen,however if it comes to choosing according to experience.They are out of luck.We simply cannot compromise on the safety of our operations and people.Imagine employing a so called qualified engineer that is not even able to read a basic draft of a building plan.?As result of all of this huge anger and frustration is building within the youth.Much of it related to self pity.It is much easier to blame someone than take responsibility,and realize you have been lied to all your life,and you are not really as smart as you have been made to believe.

  2. This report truly is an indictment of the poor qualify of ANC-education – namely that only 800,000 black pupils completed their exams in 2015. That's 800,000 black youths, from a total of 44-million black people who, according to Stats-SA, resided in South Africa in 2015. Consider this: during apartheid, in the year 1984, when South Africa had 12-million black residents, 3,263,776 black primary pupils wrote exams, 790,110 secondary black pupils wrote exams; and a total of 53,957 black students wrote exams. 1984 was also the year when the 'apartheid' government dropped the idea that blacks could only own homes in the bantustans, and accepted a housing-development programme in which they built 350,000 houses a year, available for rental and for sale to black families, in well-organised neighbourhoods where schools were built at a massive rate to keep up with the migration from the homelands into the cities. The educational facilities were designed so that the youngest children were taught in their tribal languages and gradually were introduced to Western languages at higher levels. This helped the children and their parents to get used to studying in especially English gradually. I have always believed that this system was beneficial – the government also had a policy that 'blacks should be taught to help themselves' through education, and that they should be offered a wide variety of skills-opportunities – not only at university levels, but also the skills which would most easily provide them with jobs in industry and trade. The education in the black townships was geared towards encouraging the pupils to study from an early age first in their tribal languages, taught by black teachers from their own tribe, and gradually become more familiar with other cultures which live in South Africa. This education system was widely maligned by marxist commentators, but the fact is that it worked: South africa had a huge number of black educators, municipal engineers, doctors and nurses – but the youngsters could also get jobs with the skills they learned in vocational schools in the thriving industrial areas of South Africa. Literacy rates amongst black South Africans in those years soared because school attendance was legally required up to the age of 16 years. I wonder what the literacy rate is like these days…

  3. I like white SAfricans theyre lovely people, frank and with a fantastic sense of humour. One told me he left SA as he was fed up, according to policy anyone could be trained to do a job so they had to hire blacks and try and teach them as opposed to hiring the best qualified person for the job.

  4. Not a problem for morons: they can simply work their way up to Libya and jump on a boat, after all, Merkel will welcome them.

  5. I'm not shocked. Widespread ignorance is the way despots keep control of their populations. So what if thousands break away to emigrate to other countries for a better life? It's fewer mouths for governments to pretend they have to feed and educate and, if successful, the emigrants send home money from rich countries to support heir families. The corrupt elite can continue to salt away billions of foreign aid into their bank accounts. Win, win.

  6. What politicians with full control of their faculties would import such dross into Europe after reading these statistics. Our own education statistics would be similarly affected and hit bottom in record time.
    The morbidity statistics etc; are equally horrifying and definitely not the sort of role model you`d choose to mix with your own teenagers.
    Coming to Europe soon? No thanks!

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