I can feel a milestone post coming on - something like "Second class citizen."South Africa's Minister of Education Naledi Pandor said the poor quality of public education in Africa's economic powerhouse will threaten future growth if not corrected.
"We have to redouble our efforts in quality of education," Pandor said on Wednesday in an interview with Reuters. "It's not just a budget issue but a quality improvement programme ... If we don't address it there will be problems with growth later."
South Africa's economy has boomed over the past few years but the government wants even higher growth to tackle widespread poverty and unemployment.
Pandor highlighted a skills shortage among graduates -- especially in engineering and information technology -- as a particular cause for concern but pledged to double the number of students studying vocational courses by 2008.
full story from M&G here