Sunday, April 25, 2010

Universities urged to produce more graduates

By Ofentse Mokae
25 April 2010


Universities have been urged to produce more graduates amid the high shortage of skills particularly in fields of engineering, science and technology.

The call was made by deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe during his address to about 500 heads of tertiary institutions at the University of Cape Town.

The leader of government business said universities are a critical role player in ensuring that all the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations are achieved.

The 192 UN member states have fiver years remaining to work towards combating, among others, HIV/Aids, poverty, malaria and ensuring environmental sustainability.

Meanwhile yesterday minister in the presidency responsible for the National Planning Commission Trevor Manuel urged teacher unions to stop defending members who break the law and bring their profession into disrepute.

Manuel was addressing the Education Summit in Mitchells' Plain, Cape Town, attended by amongst others his colleague in parliament, chairperson of the Higher education portfolio committee Marius Fransman.

The former finance minister urged teachers to show commitment to their work and parents to be involved in their children's education.

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