SA needs ICT skills - minister

2012-10-06 19:44

Johannesburg - The education department must have a deeper understanding of the skills which are required by the employment sector, economic development deputy minister Hlengiwe Mkhize said on Saturday.

"These will assist them to produce relevant and required skills," she told delegates at the Innovation Africa Summit in Cape Town.

Mkhize said the education department must ensure that computer skills were taught in all secondary schools.

"The lessons must also form part of the standard adult basic education and training curriculum by 2015."

She said the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector was important for economic growth and job creation.

Mkhize also emphasised a need for all public servants to receive ICT training.

"Achieving this goal requires an urgent plan to train educators, access relevant teaching skills elsewhere and establish computer centres for learners and communities," she said.

  • George - 2012-10-06 20:25

    Start with reading, writing and arithmetic. If you put garbage into a computer you will get garbage out. Typical cANCer mentality, grasping at easy fixes without any understanding of what it means to educate someone. Oops, I almost forgot. You also gotta learn to deliver text books. Computer Centres my foot.

      William - 2012-10-07 14:35


  • nicole.masureik - 2012-10-06 20:39

    That is all fine and well, and I completely agree that our pupils at high (and primary) school are not being taught computer skills. In order to do this, each child would need at least one hour per week, if not more, to be able to learn the theory and then have sufficient time to practice and implement the theory. Given the new time allocations for CAPS syllabus, how exactly would we be expected to do this, without dramatically increasing the amount of time each day that pupils spend at school each day? I would suggest that a better solution would be to make CAT a compulsory subject, like LO currently is. Of course, that would limit the choice that pupils have for their elective subjects, unless we increase the number of subjects that pupils take. Furthermore, in order to do this, each school will need several computer labs to be able to physically get each child in front of a computer to learn & practice their skills. Who is going to pay for this infrastructure to be installed? As I said, I agree with your sentiment, but it frustrates me intensely when people in power make sweeping political statements with absolutely NO acknowledgement made that there would be difficulties in implementing such a plan, or how they intend to try to find a solution.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-06 21:04

      Uruguay was able to give each kid a Laptop, whilst South Africa, under the highly educated Zuma, with the "help" of the head of the ANCWL, twiddles its thumbs and can't even deliver text books! A low cost private school in Boksburg has also give each child a Tablet, and text books are supplied on a USB stick - which means they save R2800 on books. Zuma meanwhile, has spent over R200 MILLION on his "castle" and now, it is reported he will again be the new Prezzy of SA.....

      chizoba.enenmoh - 2012-10-07 08:02

      Tweeting is about being objective in your ideas. This is what Nicole has done. Insults on government officials and race conotations are not the aims of social network. We need our children to have computer skills. The government just needs to map out strategies for this so that someone somewhere does not sit and gain financial rewards for nothing.

      William - 2012-10-07 14:38

      Many European and Eastern countries have their children study up to 8 hours per day ...EXCLUDING homework time. In China for one there are even sometimes classes on a Sunday go figure why we are losing traction

  • deon.jansevanrensburg.58 - 2012-10-06 20:43

    Nope, we have more than enough ICT professionals - they need to get more productive. What we do need are artisans...skilled, trained artisans.

      glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-10-07 06:07

      Yes I agree with Deon. The ANC has disbanded all the systems for training artisans, furthermore the artisans that qualify cannot get the papers frm SETA, my son has been waiting for over a yr, SETA ignors his requests!

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-10-07 22:56

      Really? Then why do nearly everyone find it impossible to get good developers; and why are there so many positions open? There is a HUGE deficit in skills currently across the country.

      danie.strydom.7 - 2012-12-03 17:25

      I am self employed as a web developer. I only do work for international clients. The main reason in my opinion that ICT skills are slow in developing is the LACK of AFFORDABLE broadband. Mobile is great, but this is not where ICT skills are developed. Lower the wholesale cost of broadband, remove TELKOM monopoly, and there will be an ORGANIC growth in ICT. You can teach people to USE webmail, word processing etc but to be able to DEVELOP ICT skills, users need web access. UNCAPPED, UNLIMITED and AFFORDABLE. R300 a month should be the MAX for UNCAPPED 8mb access.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-10-06 20:46

    Treating us with silly pre-written speeches/notes will not solve the country's problems. Let;'s rather get real.

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-10-06 21:03

    I said something along these lines in 2001; not only did everyone ignore me, but all attempts at obtaining funding for my own computer school to teach students from Alex were declined; shortly afterwards Microsoft opened their first "Digital Village" in SOWETO. They STOLE my idea and my business plan, just like PostNet did to me TWICE, and I have nothing to show for it but the story to relate. I guess I am simply not black enough!

      nanga - 2012-10-06 21:42

      t dnt matter 'erthing hs a reasn 4 hapenin wu knwz myb u'l gt a gr8tr idea thn th 1st 1...js learn 4rm yr mstakez n js neva gv up, kip on tryin 2 implement new ideas!

  • vera.platt - 2012-10-06 21:42

    All SA government departments need an understanding full stop. Let alone a deeper understanding...

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-06 22:01

    ..... "access relevant teaching skills elsewhere and establish computer centres for learners and communities," dear Hlengiwe Mkhize, why "elsewhere" ?? There are enough South Africans who are willing and able to do the job, but the AA/BEE "legislation" prohibits them from gaining access to the funds available.

  • amaphumulo - 2012-10-07 06:46

    It's nice to hear the words but in SA we lack execution, perhaps all government ministers must learn Project Management and whenever they decide to say something good, we must see a project plan and how they plan to get there, this must be visible to everyone to track the update...

  • Andre - 2012-10-07 07:09

    Start teaching children to read, write and learn their arithmetic tables as it should have been done since 1994. We have created two generations of young people who are totally inept!

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-07 07:31

      Some school books would help

  • braamc - 2012-10-07 19:53


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