PARLIAMENT SAYS CHALLENGES AT SOUTH AFRICA’S TECH AGENCY MUST BE ADDRESSED URGENTLY

PRETORIA, South Africa’s Parliament has determined that the capacity challenges at the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) must be attended to as a matter of urgency as it is an entity which needs not to fail as the world enters the digital era.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, which visited the agency Tuesday, was informed that Sita hosted all the transversal systems which the government used, but some were outdated and complex to operate. It also heard that the challenge with the certification backlogs for many technical and vocational education training (TVET) colleges had been reduced significantly.

South Africa should move with the times and Sita should be an enabler for such a transition. Production of certificates should be seamless and within reasonable time. Poor children, especially if they pass, should not be held back by lack of certificates, the acting committee chairperson, Danny Kekana, said.

The committee is on a week-long oversight visit to Pretoria where it is also visiting, among other places, the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and a number of sector education and training entities.

The committee welcomes what it has witnessed at Sita and the systems they are using, but more work needs to be done in order to keep up with the pace of digitisation and technological advances. The progress Sita has made on many fronts, particularly when it comes to education departments, is something to marvel on, said Kekana.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK