Unizulu urged to help with skills development
THE head of the Mkhwanazi Traditional Authority, iNkosi Mandla Mkhwanazi, has committed himself to addressing unemployment in KwaDlangezwa.
Mkhwanazi has asked the University of Zululand (Unizulu ) to meet him halfway, by initiating short courses that will equip the unemployed in his area.
He was speaking at the Mkhwanazi Traditional Council-Unizulu education indaba at the uMfolozi Casino Resort last week which was aimed at finding solutions to improve matric results and to deal with social ills among youth, both at a high school and at a university level.
‘There are many unskilled youth in this area, yet we have a university on our doorstep.
‘We would be happy to see young community members being trained in fields such as welding and other relevant courses that will put them in a better position to become employed,’ he said.
iNkosi Mkhwanazi also used the indaba to congratulate local schools that performed well in the 2017 matric exams, and to call for attention to be paid to underperforming schools.
‘We need to discover what it is that we are not doing right.
‘We have schools with resources, but our children somehow do not want to commit themselves to doing their schoolwork.
‘It could be that the education we are offering them is not what they want,’ he said.
The indaba was also attended by religious leaders, izinduna, school principals from primary and high schools, academics from Unizulu, and senior officials from the Department of Education’s King Cetshwayo District office.
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