Mthethwa was speaking in Middleburg, Mpumalanga, ahead of the official commemoration of Freedom Day where President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the keynote address on Wednesday.
The day marks 28 years since the first democratic elections were held in South Africa.
Mthethwa says key among the gains of government is the prioritisation of education.
“This government has put so much and has made education to be the apex priority of the government. the financial support this government put in there is one of which we are saying if we are to develop and prosper as a society, we’ve got to look into the question of education and ensure that our youth are able to be independent citizens.”