- Dr Lehohla was honoured for his role in promoting evidence-based decision making
- He received the honorary doctorate from UKZN
- He urged students not to fall prey to "divisive politics"
Former Statistician-General received an honorary doctorate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal earlier this week.
Dr Pali Lehohla was honoured his for outstanding role in promoting evidence-based decision making and advocating for statistics in policy making in South Africa, Briefly.co.za learned.
Lehohla held the position of Statistician-General of South Africa and head of Statistics South Africa from 2000 to 2017.
According to EWN, Statistics South Africa became a dynamic knowledge creation centre that produced relevant information for policy planning and implementation under his leadership.
In his acceptance address, Dr Lehohla advised young students and graduates not to fall prey to the "seductive and divisive politics."
He said statistics show that unemployment levels are lower among graduates compared to learners who only completed matric.
Dr Lehohla also lauded the fee-free education policy:
Graduates are 10 times less likely to live in poor households compared to those with no schooling.
The burden and responsibility of development is, therefore, on you, and that is why fee-free for all, decolonised, quality education is the best path for our historic moment of survival in order to thrive and possibly transform.
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