ANC policy conference to examine SA’s compromised education and training system

In discussion papers released ahead of this week’s deliberations, the party acknowledges that the education system since 1994 has not fostered a culture of creativity and has failed to encourage the country’s youth to pursue entrepreneurship.

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) wants a comprehensive review of the country’s education and training system at its next policy conference.

In discussion papers released ahead of this week’s deliberations, the party acknowledges that the education system since 1994 has not fostered a culture of creativity and has failed to encourage the country’s youth to pursue entrepreneurship.

By its own admission, the ANC said little had been done to cultivate a culture of innovation in schools.

The party also raised concerns about vandalism at educational institutions and acknowledged that it had no national plan to protect public infrastructure, including schools.

The ANC further admitted that it had done very little to eradicate inequalities between rural and urban communities in the education sector – particularly access to information and communications technology infrastructure.

Part of the proposed solutions that will be discussed this weekend is the prioritization of early childhood development and curriculum development in public institutions.

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