EDUCATION NO DEBATE: Triple E Training adds voice in the essential education debate


South Africans are currently locked in a debate on whether education should be an essential service or not; Triple E Training Holdings (Pty) Ltd firmly believes that it should be.

“Without a sincere focus on it, education and training will be no better in 10 years’ time, than it is right now,” says Director Paula Whitaker.

“We don’t expect it to be declared an essential service in a legal sense, but the debate should actually be about how we are going to make education and training essential in our country. We urgently need to improve all spheres of education and training.”

With 21 years in the local education sector, Whitaker maintains that the fact that Triple E Training are offering more Adult Education and Training (previously called ABET) this year than ever before is a gloomy reflection on the current state of education.

The average age of Triple E’s learners has dropped to late 20’s. This is why Whitaker believes that there is need to treat education as essential.

“Making education essential will enhance the cohesion between the different levels of education and industry. Our different departments work against each other at times. All learners should, after 12-16 years of education, ultimately land up in industry, but most are still unemployed,” Whitaker said.

While she agreed that the reasons for this are varied, she cites one irony - the local industry is presently in a desperate need of skills, yet skills-based subjects like woodwork have been taken out of schools.

Triple E reiterates the urgent need of consistency between Basic, Higher and Tertiary Departments and Institutions so that learners are ultimately equipped for employment.

“We should be investing FET Colleges, and getting the QCTO in action. But if we don’t have the calibre of learner coming through, we are simply wasting our time and failing our youth,” concludes Whitaker.