A new vision for education in quality

Reinecke, Robert (1992)

CITATION: Reinecke, R. 1992. A new vision for education in quality. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 6(2): 14-17, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7166/6-2-410.

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Excellence in manufacturing follows immediately from the complementaJy attributes of productivity and quality. Both have a cultural and technical component. A culture ofexcellence in both doing the right thing and doing the thing right is a social phenomenon. Historically such a culture is often bred by dilifficult economic circumstances in a culturally and politically cohesive community. The history of South Africa up to now was not successful in breeding competitive exellence in manufacturing. In fact our colonial but raw materials rich history inhibited demand and eventually development of excellence in this field. The technical component of excellence in manufacturing is completely dependent on education. World trends in education is towards greater education of the whole population.Education today involves several different institutions and also the informal transfer of knowledge and skill. This paper reviews the state of education in quality in South Africa. It offers the view that not only is more intensive and effective education necessary across the board but that a far greater emphasis should be placed on an effectively unified system of education as a whole with improved communication and co-ordination of effort.

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