This is a picture without heroes and villains but a classic case where circumstance has created unintended consequences.
Education Statistics in South Africa 2009 - Published by the Department of Basic Education November 2010
Private Higher Education Institutions Registered 84 Provisionally Registered 25 Provisional Registration Extended 3 Registration Cancelled 61 Total active 112DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - REGISTER OF PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS - 15 OCTOBER 2010
25% SBA Adjusted Pass Rate % 50% + 126,371 23.50% 63,186 11.8 40-49% 146,224 27.20% 92,430 17.2 30-39% 91,918 17.10% 116,979 21.8Passed 364,513 67.80% 272,595 50.8Failed Less than 30% 173,030 32.20% 264,948 49.2 Total Wrote 537,543 537,543 Qualify for Tertiary EducationMost countries 50% is pass, some as high as 60% 4%
FET 4.5% Completed the 3 year qualification 90.2% Dropout from year 1 to start of year 3 1 million students in FET by 2014240% Increase in capacity – 118 FET colleges
FIRST YEAR UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS VS PLACES AVAILABLE 2011 University Applications Available places ShortfallUniversity of Johannesburg 63,400 13,000 -50,400University of KwaZula-Natal ** 59,800 40,000 -19,800Wits University 32,000 5,500 -26,500University of Pretoria 34,000 13,000 -21,000University of CapeTown 18,000 4,000 -14,000University of the Free State 12,000 4,500 -7,500Stellenbosch University 11,000 4,700 -6,300 0TOTAL 230,200 84,700 -145,500Source: The Times, January 12 2011** Available places for all years
Students saying ‘there are no more places leftin my chosen field of study, so I am looking at whatever is still open, I must get in’ 40% Dropout in Year 1
As for the 76 000 learners who passed the NSC and who risk missing out on the learning opportunities available, that is a real South African dilemma. “Its not something we [The Department of Higher Education and Training] alone can answer," departmental spokesperson Moloantoa Molaba told the Mail & Guardian.
Estimated 2.8-million of the 6.8 million youth aged 18 to 24 are"not in employment, education or training" (NEET). 41% 60% of people in SA over the age of 20 have not completed Secondary School 18.3 Million people
Job Search BehaviourResults showed that of those who were looking for work • 62% had qualifications lower than matric • 46% had some secondary education • 5.2% had completed primary • 8,6% had some primary education • 2,2% had no education. •According to the wide definition of unemployment which includesdiscouraged workseekers, the number of unemployed people grew to 6 149 000 in 2010 – Official Unemployment Rate is 32.4%
NATIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY III (NSDS 3)Goal 1: Establishing a credible institutional mechanism for skills planningGoal 2: Increasing access to occupationally-directed programmes, both intermediate level as well ashigher level professional qualificationsGoal 3: Promoting the growth of a public FET college system that is responsive to sector, local, regionaland national skills needs and prioritiesGoal 4: Addressing the low level of youth and adult language and numeracy skills to enable additionaltrainingGoal 5: Encouraging better use of workplace-based skills developmentGoal 6: Encouraging and supporting cooperatives, small enterprises, worker-initiated, NGO andcommunity training initiatives.Goal 7: Increasing public sector capacity for improved service delivery and supporting the building of adevelopmental stateGoal 8: Building career and vocational guidance
SETAs - identify skills requirements for their sectorsSETAs - identify and implement projectsFETs - provide this training • Encouraging and supporting worker-led, NGO- and community (Co-operatives) training initiatives Concern that private sector left out of process?Implementing the NSDS III is a collective responsibility of allstakeholders and partners in skills development. We must remember thegovernment’s slogan that TOGETHER, WE CAN DO MORE
ICT AND DEVELOPMENTBASIC EDUCATIONPOST BASIC EDUCATIONFETHIGHER EDUCATIONECDABETCOMMUNICATIONHEALTHMOBILE & MOBILE APPLICATIONCONNECTIVITYINFRASTRUCTUREGOVERNANCE SYSTEMSCOMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTCONTENT DEVELOPMENT & SUPPLYRESEARCHSOFTWARE DEVELOPMENTCSI & OUTREACH
We all know and understand the magnitude of the challenges Although our shared final objective is the same Our separate visions of the future differ widely Individually when we approach projects and initiatives we do so from our own base of knowledge and experience and often have to create additional internal structures to handle those aspects that we are unsure of and have no expertise in.
My question to you today isWhy would we do that ?
• Well we know the size of the challenge is so massive that NO ONE COMPANY OR ORGANISATION can solve it by itself• Is it because nobody else cares about these challenges ?• Is it because we believe that all the clever people are only thosethat are working in our companies or our organisations ?• Is it because we are all trying to protect our business models orour unique products or our own research findings ?
‘a collective responsibility of all stakeholders and partners’ And that is why we are here today
ALLIANCEAn alliance is an agreement or friendship between two ormore parties, made in order to advance common goals and to secure common interests
SAID - THE AIMThe Alliance responds to the need and demand for an inclusive forum and platform for cross- sectoral dialogue on the use of ICT for enhancing the achievement of agreed development goals. goals
THE FUNCTION• Bring together key organisations and players involved in ICT for development (ICT4D), in the form of a Multi Stakeholder Network to enhance their collaboration and effectiveness for achieving agreed development goals.• Provide an essential link between the private sector and Government agencies in the form of “Public-Private Dialogue and Partnerships• To provide a light-weight framework for developing and implementing suitable rules and modes of engagement of players in the SAID process and for identifying and implementing specific and initiated flagship initiatives, advocacy initiatives and other stakeholder activities and initiatives
THE FUNCTION• Mainstream SAID’s activities and initiatives into on-going ICT4D initiatives by liaising with stakeholders on behalf of all members• Identify and implement Africa specific initiatives (including flagship initiatives) in the priority areas of Education, Health, Governance and Entrepreneurship, including the cross cutting themes of Gender Equality, Communication and Rural Development• Foster community and government support for identified initiative deployments in support of regional economic and social development• Facilitate, encourage and foster multi stakeholder co-operation, collaboration and innovation
BOLD NEW DIRECTION• Encourage you all to have your say in formulating this Alliance• Use the opportunity to network with like-minded people• Actively participate in the breakaway sessions
BOLD NEW DIRECTION TODAY Use today as the first step on a path of discovery,co-operation, integration and innovation that is capableof moving education and development in South Africa ina positive new direction
Keith Mareekmaree@email.com 082 894 4675www.campusnet.co.za