South Africa’s education minister, Kadar Asmal, said this week in parliament that an estimated US $833 million was needed to educate 2.4 million adults over the next three years, news reports said. He said that half of the country’s 23.7 million adults over the age of 16 had less than nine years of education, including six million who were functionally illiterate. Asmal said that the support of business and volunteers was needed to support the programme which was suffering from budget constraints.
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