Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
4 minute read
3 Sep 2021
5:00 am

Drastic action needed to make school leavers more employable

Brian Sokutu

Statistics showing pupils’ performance in science and business subjects at 50% level over the past five years

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Most South African pupils in public high schools are ill-prepared for Grade 12 and university, due to a decline in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) subject performance, according to two leading education experts. They have also warned that regression in science and mathematics performance over the years has contributed to young people lacking vocational skills to become employable after completing schooling – leading to a growth in youth unemployment. With statistics showing pupils’ performance in science and business subjects at 50% level over the past five years, maths results have become reasonably stable – averaging between 20.3% in 2015...