BusinessLive notes that the Spectator Index has ranked SA’s youth unemployment rate as the highest in the world.
Of the countries ranked‚ the Spectator Index said the five countries with the highest youth unemployment were SA at 52,8%; followed by Greece (36,8%)‚ Spain (34,9%)‚ Nigeria (33,1%) and Italy (32,5%).
The Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics SA in July 2018 revealed there were 6,2 million unemployed people between the ages of 15 and 24.
SA’s poor foundation-phase education system has repeatedly been linked to the country’s skills shortage. Education expert Nic Spaull believes a fundamental problem with SA’s education system is that not all students are equipped with the basics in primary school and says that is where attention should be focused.
Spaull has also raised concerns about the 2018 matric results‚ especially the high drop-out rate of pupils before they reach grade 12. He observed that these drop-outs were “almost certainly unemployed” and did not go on to any form of further education or training.