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Naledi Pandor asks the public to weigh in on improvements in higher education via Twitter

Bonile Khanyi

Newly appointed Minister of higher education and training Naledi Pandor posted a Twitter poll on Wednesday, asking South Africans which areas within the department they would like to see more changes.

At 1pm on Thursday, with just two hours left before the poll closed, 3046 people had participated. Most people wanted to see changes in skills development with 49% of the participants voting for changes in that area. 

The second-most voted for area for change, was the university sector with 23%. People who wanted to see changes in colleges made up 15% of those who took the poll while community education stood at 13%. 

Some people replied to the Minister’s poll and said they wanted to see changes in all the categories listed, while others reminded her not to forget about TVET colleges.

Some suggested the minister work together with the Department of Basic Education to ensure a high quality of education at primary level so learners could cope at tertiary level.

Meanwhile, some Twitter users commended her on her efforts to engage the public on a social media platform.

Pandor was appointed to the role of Higher Education and Training Minister on Monday after serving four years as the South African Minister of Science and Technology.

She was officially sworn in on Tuesday, replacing Hlengiwe Mkhize who was appointed to the position by former President Jacob Zuma on 17 October 2017.

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