Zuma: Quality education key to resolving issues of inequality

The president says while the country's education system has made progress, a lot of challenges still face the sector.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says it's only through quality education that South Africa can win the struggle against unemployment, poverty and inequality.

Zuma was speaking at the Basic Education Department's lekgotla in Centurion on Tuesday.

He says while the country's education system has made progress, a lot of challenges still face the sector.

“Government is also the first to concede that immense challenges still remain as we rebuild our education system.”

Zuma says more needs to be done to improve learner outcomes, specifically in maths, science, accounting and languages.

“More children must be encouraged to take these subjects and more teachers must be trained to teach these subjects.”

The president has called on society to work with education officials in order to produce pupils that are well equipped to help build inclusive growth.

(Edited by Neo Koza)