It may appear to date that Black youth have attained higher levels of education today than at any other time in South African history. There are more black matriculates, more black high-level passes in Mathematics and Science, and many more black university graduates, both as a proportion of the black proportion and in absolute terms.

Last year while reading an article, the then statistician- general, said that condition for learning under the apartheid for blacks South Africans were much more conducive than they are now, meaning “White continue to outperform black students”.

More data released revealed that, the proportion of black graduates stood at nearly 15% of black students in 1975 but had since declined to 5%, this contrasted with the position for the white student population of graduates. Back then there were many institutions of learning for black students and also broader opportunities throughout the globe to study while in exile.

Although education experts have concluded that the member of black graduates has increased in absolute numbers over the years, what they initially meant is that “The educational processes are now slow”. The issue of “Race” once again is the main factor, as Black qualified professionals and skilled workers with equal or better Cv’s than whites are being turned down for jobs, going for whites with lesser qualifications. It is in turn a reminder of the pre-civil rights era.

Getting the interview, of course, does not mean you will be accepted in tight private sectors job market which is broadly for whites. While, Government jobs still enforce anti-discrimination policies, which prevent the minorities from being employed. For the most part affirmative action in hiring is non-existent.

We are told from childhood that we have to work twice as hard to get half of what white people get, but even job searching is not enough. Our graduates are placed through internship programmes that go on for over 3 years, lately longer. Being told that they need experience as a result leaving off stipends that are not even enough to last most of them to go to work and come back.

It has gotten to a point where these graduates abandoned their careers of choice to settle for random jobs that bring in a fairly better salary, even if it means doing the job they don’t feel comfortable doing.

The bigger question remains, Is the government doing enough to help graduates?