Durban: KwaZulu-Natal Premier in his capacity as the chairperson of the Human Resources Development Council will meet with vice-chancellors, academic community and other members involved in the education sector.
He pointed out: “We need to examine stability and the future of our higher education sector in the province. We must ensure that our education system produces the required number of skills needed to various sectors of our economy. This is partly to sustain and improve economic growth rates. Importantly, there is a strong realization that we will not achieve our job creation targets if our people are not appropriately skilled to take up the new opportunities we are creating in various sectors of the economy. In KwaZulu-Natal education and skills levels are very low and less than 3% of the adult population of KZN has an accredited tertiary qualification (degree or diploma). The labour force currently is largely unskilled.
“Importantly, we need to ensure that programmes on skills development are accessed by people throughout the corners of this province. There should be a strong focus on scarce skills such as engineering, science and technology, accounting, information technology, agriculture, health and social services.”
Members of the media are invited to attend the opening session of this HRD council scheduled to take place tomorrow on the 28th October at 08h30 at the Public Service Training Academy at 321 ZK Mathews Road, Glenwood Durban.