n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Onderwys- / opleidingsvoorsiening en ekonomiese aanvraag : research article

Volume 67, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0023-270X
  • E-ISSN: 2304-8557



Education systems and their output appear to be out of step with thedemands of the economy in many countries, including South Africa.Massive education investment and expansion seem to have resulted,especially in developing countries, in schooled unemployment rather thaneconomic development, modernisation and full employment. A historicalcomparativeoverview reveals how economically successful countries suchas the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Germany, and (untilrecently) the new economic giants of South-East Asia and the Far East,succeeded in aligning education and training with the economy. Inconclusion the implications of their strategies for South Africa are explored.A combination of the British and Singaporean models is recommended forSouth Africa. A warning is, however, sounded throughout that economicsystems that do not adhere to the principles of human stewardship andresponsible management should not be supported by education andtraining in their present forms. Those involved in education and trainingshould rather call for reform of the systems that they are expected tosupport.

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