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Lehohla: SA needs to produce 200,000 black graduates annually

SA needs 200,000 black graduates annually to improve the quality of life of people aged between 15 and 34.

FILE: University of Cape Town. Picture: Facebook/Michael Currin.

JOHANNESBURG - Statistician General Padi Lehohla says South Africa has not yet found the correct mechanisms to bring about a transformation to the higher education sector which he says is likely to take more than a generation to achieve.

Speaking at the launch of Stats SA's mid-year population estimates yesterday, Lehohla again raised concern about the quality of life of people aged between 15 to 34.

He says access to higher education is highest among white and Indian people, whose overall population is too small to make any real difference.

Lehohla says in order to catch up with its white and Indian counterparts, the black population would need to produce 200,000 graduates annually.

At the moment only 48,000 black people graduate every year.

Lehohla says at the rate the country is going, catching up is impossible.

"Each year we have to produce 200,000 graduates instead of 48,000 but of course that is impossible because we don't have apartheid for blacks."

He says government needs to start setting clear targets and work towards them, rather than simply accepting what universities produce.

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