Earlier this week President Cyril Ramaphosa was at the Basic Education Department’s Lekgotla in Boksburg, where he addressed the media and attendees.
The Education Lekgotla is a platform for researchers and experts to present their findings on relevant education issues affecting the country.
“We need to do more, work harder and establish greater system efficiencies in the first five years of schooling if we are to rise to the international standards prescribed as a minimum benchmarks for reading comprehension, mathematics and science,” said President Ramaphosa to SA News.
The President’s keynote address touched on important issues in education which includes early childhood development, developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy on improving reading, promoting inclusivity, efficiency and quality, strengthening care and support for learners and developing capabilities in data analytics, coding, the Internet of Things and blockchain technology.
He added that if the country is to play in big league of education, it needs to work harder to improve efficiency in key subjects, especially in early schooling.
As well as preparing children to excel from an early age, especially in the priority areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. This will in turn prepare South Africa better for the fourth industrial revolution, according to the President.
“It is at basic level of education where we must inculcate and embed the culture of learning, where we must produce children who are obsessed with consuming existing knowledge and create a burning desire among them to produce new knowledge,” he notes.
He also called on the basic education sector to promote flexible learning pathways that ease the transition between all education levels.
These include early childhood development, primary and secondary education, technical-vocational and technical occupation education and training, as well as higher education and training.