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is education the quick pill to grow African countries

ive come across a very intresting observation during my time back here in South Africa it seems like tertiary education is easy to get (well for most people)and a large amount of people are flooding into universities yet the unemployment rate is still not decreasing and that raised a light bulb in my mind . I figured that Africa is not really poor because of the "lack of education" but mainly because of the imbalance of people looking for work and companies hiring.So my question is should African countries cut some of the time and money they spend on education and rather spend it on making it easier for entrepreneurs to start and build companies ?


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  • Nov 24 2013: First of all I don't think there is a quick fix in life unless it is a placebo effect. Africa has never been poor if we are talking about resources, mineral resources, water, land, population, good weather name it and it is in Africa in abundance. Yet it is a continent that has serious problems that are not going to go away easily. Education is very important but takes time and resources. Expanding education has to go hand in hand with creating jobs, industrial development, investment, planning in all aspects of the country. But before everything else African countries have to guarantee peace, rule of law, stability and an acceptable level of citizenship. There is no citizen right in African states, not yet. No African country has those important ingredients for progress including South Africa. Nothing seems to work east to west north to south. Rampant instability, no basic rule of law, corruption, repression , theft at a large by governments, no accountability, no freedom of press , no cross border trade. sham elections, no food security. Africa is in a serious predicament. Yes the Chinese , Indians, the West make high investment returns on unplanned and costly projects that rarely create jobs or indirectly help training skilled labour. The people are just onlookers and not participants. Fast population growth, no job creation at the private or government level, wars, civil disturbance, border conflicts, refugees, corruption, exploitation, environmental degradation, and never ending political instability are the rules of the day. That definitely won't help Africa at all.

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