Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) claims black youth are less skilled than their parents.
Black youth aged between 25 and 34 in managerial, technical and professional fields have declined by 2% in the past 20 years.
The Stats SA social profile of the youth paints a really horrible picture.— Marianne Merten, Daily Maverick journalist
In a democratic nation, Daily Maverick journalist Marianne Merten says that the findings are ironic because there are more black children attending university.
It's bizarre, because normally as countries develop, we all build up on the human and social capital that our young people hold. And here, we're looking and a complete reversal.— Marianne Merten, Daily Maverick journalist
Merten cites major challenges in the school system as a contributing factor, and says that the country is not taking advantage of the potential that black people hold.
There's a systemic problem somewhere which is not being addressed.— Marianne Merten, Daily Maverick journalist
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