PRETORIA TAKES STEPS TO BOOST SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

The South African government has embarked on a number of initiatives to improve the country’s skills base, key among them to get young people involved in the fields of science, technology and innovation, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Fielding oral questions in the National Assembly in Parliament here Thursday, he added: “On an overall basis, we have embarked on a number of initiatives to ensure that that we [get] a number of people in our country into science, technology and innovation and we will start seeing the benefits of all this in the next few years as more and more of these young people become renowned scientists, become renowned academics with PHDs as we move ahead with greater success.”

The Deputy President had been asked to provide the current status of skills development in the country in relation to meeting the research and development and innovative technology demands of the economy.

Ramaphosa said Maths and Science studies are key to growth in the country. He said that is why the National Development Plan has set what one would call an ambitious target to increase the number of students who are eligible to study towards maths and science degrees by 2030.

The National Development Plan calls for the percentage of PhD qualifications in the higher education sector to be increased from the current 34 per cent to over 75 per cent by 2030.

“In a rapidly changing global economy where many traditional qualifications are continuously being displaced by technology, as we would have heard about the fourth industrial revolutions, it is critical that South Africa develops its scientific research capabilities and produces suitably qualified people who will play a key role in the evolving economy,” he added.

“That is why government is directing greater effort and more resources towards skills development in science, technology as well as innovation.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

PRETORIA TAKES STEPS TO BOOST SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

The South African government has embarked on a number of initiatives to improve the country’s skills base, key among them to get young people involved in the fields of science, technology and innovation, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Fielding oral questions in the National Assembly in Parliament here Thursday, he added: “On an overall basis, we have embarked on a number of initiatives to ensure that that we [get] a number of people in our country into science, technology and innovation and we will start seeing the benefits of all this in the next few years as more and more of these young people become renowned scientists, become renowned academics with PHDs as we move ahead with greater success.”

The Deputy President had been asked to provide the current status of skills development in the country in relation to meeting the research and development and innovative technology demands of the economy.

Ramaphosa said Maths and Science studies are key to growth in the country. He said that is why the National Development Plan has set what one would call an ambitious target to increase the number of students who are eligible to study towards maths and science degrees by 2030.

The National Development Plan calls for the percentage of PhD qualifications in the higher education sector to be increased from the current 34 per cent to over 75 per cent by 2030.

“In a rapidly changing global economy where many traditional qualifications are continuously being displaced by technology, as we would have heard about the fourth industrial revolutions, it is critical that South Africa develops its scientific research capabilities and produces suitably qualified people who will play a key role in the evolving economy,” he added.

“That is why government is directing greater effort and more resources towards skills development in science, technology as well as innovation.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK