Jul 29, 2011
The South African skills crisis close up
She has no chance of passing. The courses assume a passing familiarity with the academic gearshifts—computer and internet skills, ability to parse legal and academic language, and most importantly good writing skills. My sister did not know the meaning of the word "legislation." How much did the course cost? R21,000 (about $3000). Of course, there are no refunds. Obviously the government is trying to incentivize skills acquisition, but if the school system can't turn out graduates with decent English skills, the program will be stillborn.