oa The Journal of Independent Teaching and Learning - Editorial

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1818-9687



Government, industry and business bemoan the shortage of high level skills in South Africa. Each complains about its own particular problems; for example, the lack of capacity of the State to deliver adequate social and health care, insufficient engineers in the construction industry or the scarcity of highly qualified accountants and managers in business. These major players would agree with the UNESCO World Declaration on higher education which states that 'Without adequate higher educational and research institutions providing a critical mass of skilled and educated people, no country can ensure genuine andendogenous sustainable development and, in particular, developing countries and least developed countries cannot reduce the gap separating them from the industrially developed ones.

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