AA blamed for lack of black graduates

2012-10-24 15:50

Johannesburg - A shortage of black graduates in medical careers indicates a deeper problem with affirmative action, AfriForum Youth said on Wednesday.

"The number of particularly black doctors that is not in proportion to the number that is admitted to medical schools as first years is an indication [of the problem]," national chairperson Charl Oberholzer said.

He was referring to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's comments on Tuesday that medical schools focused on reducing the country's health skills scarcity were not producing enough professionals.

During a meeting with the SA Medical Association (Sama), Nzimande said graduate output targets in the human health scarce skills field would not be met by 2014.

Sama said it was concerned that the output of black doctors was not proportionate to the number of first year black students.

The failure rate among black students also tended to be particularly high, the association said.

Oberholzer said: "The high rate of failure among specifically black students can be attributed to the obsession with race, that leads to students being admitted strictly according to race quotas."

Nzimande should rather invest in the potential of students who came from poor socio-economic conditions through bridging courses.

"A mental shift must be made about the representation of black students in certain careers," said Oberholzer.

  • kooskanmar - 2012-10-24 16:35

    All I hear is excuses for poor performance by black people in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Even black children from wealthy backgrounds in private schools seems so lack the basic skills to compete with white children from average and below average household income levels at primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. You almost never see black children getting above 5 distinctions in schools, but you see hundreds of white and Indian children in newspapers every year. There are 10 black children for every white child in our schooling system. They share in a lot of instances the same schools and teachers, but they keep on underperforming. Why?

      somila.sizani - 2012-10-24 16:46

      The same reasons that top paying companies still employ only whites and indians...

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-24 21:22

      JohnCarlos if Die Boeremag retards are not challenged and their idiocy exposed, they start believing their own BS and start clicking “likes” patting each other on the back, these retarded sour pusses

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-10-24 16:37

    The ANC's solution to the shortage of black medical graduates is simple: make it easier to qualify. Already standards across the board are dropping. But they think it's no problem as 'graduates' can just learn on the job. What happens when 'doctors' are so poorly qualified that patients die? Or when 'airline pilots' cannot keep airplanes in the air?

  • riette.nothling - 2012-10-24 16:42

    The level of education in high school is very much different from university level, they cannot maintain the grades as at school because school does not prepare them for university. I also think the attitude of "I am black I will get the job no matter what" is also contributing to the lack of black doctors. Point is, if admissions are done purely on race quotas and not academic merits, this problem will remain across all professions and AA will fail. No-one has trust in AA, because the person getting the job is not always the best candidate, but just has the right skin colour. The way AA is practised in SA demoralises everyone, it's not a fair process, it's race obsessed.

  • natasha.dewet.5 - 2012-10-24 16:43

    It starts with basic education. while looking back to at what has happened through the year regarding education department... a new approach needs to be taken.

  • Bongeka - 2012-10-24 16:47

    People,especialy our leaders should stop running away from their responsibilities and start doing their jobs properly. Stop blaming someone else for your short comings. If you're given a task to head a certain department then you should be held accountable for anything that goes wrong within that department. Being black or white has nothing to do with good or bad results but the standard of education. Always remember that what you put in is what comes out. Better start treating the caurse not the symptom.

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-10-24 16:49

    I know a black guy who applied to study medicine during apartheid! He was denied on the basis that he only had 78 percent for maths and while all his other matric subjects were well above eighty percent! He then worked in a ladies garden while he did matric maths again, then achieving 89 percent he was accepted to study medicine! He is now one of the best specialists in cape town! My point its not about the colour of your skin its determination to work and succeed!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-24 16:53

    I feel like a foreigner in my own country. I only try to be a South African, but from government through to commentators here on N24 I am told I am from the Republic of Whiteness or the Republic of Blackness, and at times also from the Republic of Gender.

  • gerald.king.589 - 2012-10-24 16:54

    Come now. Exams are colour blind- pass/fail its your deserve.

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