According to 2017, Johannesburg Center for Software Engineering (JCSW) Skills survey. The lack of ICT skills in South Africa has more to do with lack of youths’ interest in the sector and growing dependence on corporate sponsorship than the cost of acquiring the training.
The survey had 300 respondents, 53% of whom said they preferred offsite learning. That includes online learning, which further drives down the cost of obtaining ICT training. Admittedly, these days there various means of acquiring ICT training that have immensely driven down the cost barriers.
“I think the fees must fall (campaign) is really a diversion. It is important that education must be affordable, it’s absolutely vital that it is affordable and we should make sure that not one single cent is wasted in delivering the best quality education, but education isn’t free,” said Andrian Schofield, Manager of the Applied Research Unit at the JCSE.
“The model of students paying for at least some of their education is accepted globally. Of more importance are full with students studying every subject under the Sun but not enough of them are asking to study ICT related …read more