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South African political leaders qualifications: ANC vs DA vs EFF vs FF Plus vs IFP vs NFP vs UDM


I (The Edge Search) don't buy the fact that Jacob Zuma was denied by apartheid education, in lat 1990 South Africa government Nelson Mandela introduce ABET, to help people like Zuma. If education is something important to him why he didn't go to school since 1994? 

Our political leaders must start to be example in our society, this is the similar thing happening with our health sector.  We are paying medical aid for government official to go to private hospitals while there a public hospitals. 

 
FYI: ABET - Adult Basic Education and Training. About Adult Basic Education and Training in South Africa.
Municipal elections are held every five years to elect councillors who will be responsible for governing a municipality.

The latest round of municipal elections will be held on 3 August 2016, and the ANC, DA, EFF, and other political parties are in full electioneering mode.

The leaders of the various parties are scrutinized for their fitness to hold public office, and educational qualifications are often mentioned as part of the process.

While some political leaders, like the FF Plus’s Pieter Mulder, the DA’s Mmusi Maimane, the EFF's Julius Malema, the IFP's Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the NFP Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi and UDM Bantu Holomisa are well qualified, others like President Jacob Zuma do not have a strong academic background.

The infographic below shows the academic qualifications of South Africa’s top political party leaders.

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For official purposes, the Department of Education has defined ABET as follows:

Adult basic education and training is the general conceptual foundation towards lifelong learning and development, comprising of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for social, economic and political participation and transformation applicable to a range of contexts. ABET is flexible, developmental and targeted at the specific needs of particular audiences and, ideally, provides access to nationally recognised certificates.
The concept of ABET is uniquely South African. In the English-speaking world, ABE means Adult Basic Education. South Africa added the T, for Training in the policy initiatives of the early 1990s. The adoption of ABET was hotly contested for a time by those who believed in the power of the alternative, non-formal approaches to adult education. The reasons for adopting the term fell into two main groups.
  • One of the deepest critical perceptions of education (including adult education) in South Africa, especially on the part of labour unions and business, was that education had little application in life and work, while training meant drilling in routine jobs with no attention to underlying knowledge and values. Adding the Tshowed a commitment to the integration of education and training into ABET.
  • ABET grew out of adult literacy work. The adoption of ABET rather than adult literacy work was the result of political struggle informed by research. In spite of fine achievements of adult literacy work in the struggle, literacy alone was not considered adequate to support real social transformation. ABET was meant to offer an appropriately adult route to a general education aimed at making a significant improvement in quality of life.

This page on the Parliamentary Monitoring Group website also deals with the history of ABET in South Africa, who needs ABET, and success stories amongst others.

The kha ri gude website (Please note: unfortunately this website is currently unavailable - checked 14 January 2016) also delivers an in-depth account of the status of ABET in South Africa. Interesting statistics include the following:
Literacy and basic education levels of South Africans aged 15 and over
Level of education
1996 General Population Census
2001 General Population Census
Full general education (grade 9 and more)13.1 million (50%)15.8 million (52%)
Less than full general education (less than grade 9)13.2 million (50%)14.6 million (48%)
None to less than grade 78.5 million (32%)9.6 million (32%)
No schooling4.2 million (16%)4.7 million (16%)
The above table (taken from the kha ri gude website) shows that although the population amount achieving a full general education has increased, those receiving less than a full general education, less than grade 7 and no schooling, has increased since 1996.