- In his SONA speech, Ramaphosa said that major projects were underway to equip learners with 21st century skills
-This includes new technical subjects, greater access to the internet and a tablet for every child
- Many South African schools still lack basic infrastructure, however, with as many as 4000 still without toilets
Cyril Ramaphosa has announced ambitious plans to supply every child in the country with a tablet within 6 years.
He said that this would equip learners with the "skills for a changing world".
However, basic infrastructure is still lacking in many schools. At least 4000, for example, still do not have proper toilets.
In his State of the Nation Address, Ramaphosa said his government was working on a major initiative to improve learners' access to quality education.
This included introducing several new subjects, such as technical mathematics and mining sciences.
Along side this will be a major improvement in the technological sophistication of learning materials, including not only tablets but also greater access to the internet and robotics, Briefly.co.za has learned.
Nevertheless, many South African schools still face basic problems such as unsafe facilities and no toilets. In response, a major project was launched last year which has installed proper toilets at least 699 schools, according to News24.
Additionally, another 1 150 was slated to be constructed, with the assistance of pledges from various stakeholders, including the building industry.
The president said that these education initiative were being implemented in order to improve learners' safety and help them keep pace with the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The EFF's Julius Malema, however, took issue with Ramaphosa's tablet proposal. He said that the provision of tablets for all learners was an idea from the EFF's election manifesto. He claims that Ramaphosa stole it.
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