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Education

In his 2020 State of the Nation Address President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed education.

The most significant contribution government can make to inclusive economic growth is in the development of appropriate skills and capabilities.

The investments government make now in Early Child Development and early school learning will yield great economic benefits in the next two decades and beyond.

There are immediate interventions that government is making to improve the quality and relevance of educational outcomes. It is making progress with the introduction of the three-stream curriculum  model, heralding a fundamental shift in focus towards more vocational and technical education.

Various technical vocational specialisations have already been introduced in 550 schools and 67 schools are now piloting the occupational stream.

Government is building nine new Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges this year in Sterkspruit, Aliwal North, Graaff-Reinet and Ngungqushe in the Eastern Cape, and  in Umzimkhulu, Greytown, Msinga, Nongoma and Kwagqikazi in KwaZulu-Natal.

Through bilateral student scholarship agreements signed with other countries, government is steadily building a substantial cohort of young people who go overseas each year for training in critical skills.

The Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Training Programme in  Cuba has produced over 1 200 medical doctors and a further 640 students are expected to graduate in December 2020.

The process of distributing tablet computers to school students is underway. Early reading programmes are gathering momentum to ensure every 10-year-old is able to read for meaning.

In 2020, government will be introducing coding and robotics in grades R to 3 in 200 schools, with a plan to implement it fully by 2022.

Government has decided to establish a new University of Science and Innovation in Ekurhuleni, the only metro in the country that does not have a university.

This will enable young people in that metro to be trained in high-impact and cutting-edge technological innovation for current and future industries.

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