Tuesday, June 03, 2014

World Economic Forum Global Information Technology report under the spotlight

Mluleki Mrwebi
03 June 2014

Education Department has rejected the World Economic Forum Global Information Technology report on the ranking of the quality of mathematics and science. 

Out of the 148 countries that were surveyed South Africa was ranked last. 

The Departments Troy Martens said the report was not factually correct and no actual tests were done to prove this. 

Martens said this report is just based on the opinions and the views of some business people who were interviewed, so there is nothing to be worried about.

Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has not done enough to address the maths, science and technology crisis. 

DA MP of Basic Education Annette Lovemore said the WEF ranking does not reflect the ability of South Africa’s learners, but an education system that needs urgent intervention. 

Lovemore said the quality of our education system is ranked 146 of 148 countries surveyed and this shows that government is losing in the economy. 

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