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'Govt needs to pump resources into black/coloured schools'

Deputy Minister Buti Manamela says govt resources should be focused at schools in black & coloured townships.

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela says figures revealing that only 17.9 percent of black people are in skilled employment shows that government needs to focus more resources on schools.

On Monday, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released its report on youth employment over the last 20 years.

It shows there's still a huge disparity between races, with over 60 percent of white people in skilled employment.

Manamela says this shows that government needs to concentrate resources in certain areas.

"Government has to direct whatever intervention that it makes to where the problem is. And the problem is in our black and coloured townships. That is where a significant number of our resources have to go."

Manamela says South Africa needs to radically improve its education system to prevent repeating what he calls the generational catastrophe of unskilled people.

He says this mistake cannot be repeated.

"We have to do something about the education system, about the schooling system. It is worrying when you see children in Kuruman are stopped and prevented by their parents from going to school."