IFP Calls for Introduction of Agricultural Subjects in Schools

22 July 2014.


The IFP in KwaZulu Natal Legislature calls on the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development in KwaZulu Natal, Cyril Xaba, to urgently consider the importance of introducing agriculture subjects in schools.


"The IFP believes that rural high schools are best placed below college level for instruction in agriculture. Programmes must deliver consistent quality; they must be geared towards addressing the skills needs in the sector; they must lay the foundation for viable career-paths in agriculture.


Food security must be paramount in our decisions about agriculture," said IFP Spokesperson on Agriculture, Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, MPL.


"We further believe that the introduction of agriculture subjects in schools must be given strong emphasis. Obligatory manual subjects must be introduced, vocational training must be increased and agricultural education must be expanded in all schools in KwaZulu Natal and all over South Africa," continued Msimango.


"The IFP calls for emphasis to be given on instilling in all school children a realisation of the vital part that development of the country's resources plays in its future growth and progress and to impress upon them that farming is, and can be, an honourable and gainful occupation," concluded Msimango.


Issued by:

Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, IFP Spokesperson on Agriculture, 074 259 0820


For Media Enquiries:

IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675