Rolling out the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Strategy
From The National Science & Technology Forum Electronic newsletter - February 2001.
Report prepared by Prof M J Kahn, advisor to the Minister of Education.
Many enquiries have been received, requesting a copy of the proceedings of the National Consultative Strategy Conference on SMTE that was held in September 2000. The report was compiled and was submitted to the Department of Education (DoE) by the NSTF late last year. This report is now being edited by the DoE and will be available for wider distribution in about four weeks. Don't worry, we shall announce when it is ready!
SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION IN THE HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
We are pleased to note the emphasis given in President Mbeki's State of the Nation Address to efforts intended to turn the education system around:
"… welcome progress is being made in the efforts to improve the quality of education, including the provision of infrastructure, consolidating the culture of learning and teaching, and introducing Adult Basic Education. However, much more needs to be done to improve our skills base. In this regard, Government has approved a Human Resource Development Strategy that will enable us to launch an accelerated skills development programme for those areas that are critical to a more competitive economy. Immigration laws and procedures will be reviewed urgently to enable us to attract skills into our country. Improvements in maths and science education will also be prioritised."Through last year we worked with the major stakeholders in education - teachers, officials, trade unions, subject associations, higher education and NGOs to scope out a strategy to improve participation and performance in school science, mathematics and technology. The strategy has both short and medium term objectives. It has an immediate thrust toward grades 10 to 12, longer-term development of the General Education and Training Band, and a strong focus on educator development. The Council of Education Ministers on 12 February approved the first stage of this strategy for roll out in 2001/2002. Specifically the following will be effected: