Newspaper clipping – The Mercury – 6 March 2009
Ministry of schools on the cards
Plans to split the Education Department into two – one focusing on schooling, the other on higher education – are at an advanced stage, African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe has said.
He told members of the Progressive Business Forum in Cape Town that the ANC would finalise the plan in two weeks. The decision was a response to the crippling skills shortages the country faced, he said. A better education system would ensure that South Africa produced more skilled professionals in specialized areas like engineering.
After April 22, the new president would have to appoint two ministers of education.
Mantashe criticized universities’ admission policies for excluding pupils who had not done well in matric. The country’s higher education institutions were not producing the scarce skills the country needed, he said.