President Cyril Ramaphosa plans to overhaul South Africa’s education system.
This is part of South Africa’s plan to prepare the future workforce for the fourth industrial revolution, according to City Press.
As the digital age transforms the way in which people live, it will also have an impact on the economy and on jobs. New trades with new skills will be created and some jobs that are currently being done by humans will be replaced by automated systems.
City Press said the plan to overhaul the country’s education system will include:
- A universal roll-out of tablets for all pupils in the country’s 23 700 primary and secondary schools;
- Computer coding and robotics classes for foundation-phase pupils from grades 1 to 3; and
- The digitisation of the entire curriculum, including textbooks, workbooks and all teacher support material
The newspaper said other plans on the cards include the conversion of a significant number of schools to technical high schools.
The department of basic education’s director-general, Mathanzima Mweli, told City Press that, while Ramaphosa would announce the finer details during his speech at the opening of Parliament, the department would start piloting the roll-out of tablets when schools reopened on Wednesday.