Deputy President, David Mabuza, has urged government to address the issue of young people dropping out of school before they finish their Matric year as it threatens the path to economic recovery.
We must address the issue of young people who drop out at various points of their schooling, as the implications of delaying this response explain a cohort of young people robbed of practicing their natural talents.
Mabuza also added that this could mean families are robbed of agents of change who can make their families' circumstances better.
The deputy President was speaking in a Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) summit which started on the 11 August – 13 August 2021.
The HRDC Summit focused on building the foundation and skills for a transformed economy and society, as well as building a capable and ethical developmental state.
Mabuza says these objectives are significant, since the HRDC, as a multi-stakeholder advisory body, is uniquely placed to ensure that we capacitate those in workplaces and those still in our schooling system.
The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, also added that the summit comes at a time when the country is faced with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mabuza however said the issue of dropouts at schools must be reversed at all cost as it widens inequalities within our societies.
Also, he stated that failure to deal with the high rate of school dropouts will have a devastating impact on the unemployment rate.
Women and young people are the most affected by the negative effect of inequality and education is the only sustainable solution to solve the problem, says Mabuza.
Mabuza concluded that the summit will address the struggle against poverty, inequality, and exclusion of women from accessing skills for developmental opportunities.
The summit is expected to conclude its business on Friday with impressive developmental strategies that will have a positive impact in both the education and economy.
The challenge of dropouts at school remains government’s crisis to mitigate as it affects real people on a daily basis.
Mabuza believes that the government is capable of turning around the country’s misfortunes for the better.