Zuma launches tech programme in Boksburg

The president says Operation Phakisa marks a late turning point in SA’s teaching & learning.

President Jacob Zuma in Boksburg to launch the educational programme. Zuma is joined by basic education minister Angie Motshekga and minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe on 2 October 2015. Picture: Aurelie Kalenga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says rolling out Operation Phakisa to basic education marks an overdue turning point in South Africa's quest to transform teaching and learning.

Zuma was speaking in Boksburg where he's launched the education programme.

Operation Phakisa is expected to enhance the country's standard of basic education and prepare teachers to integrate information and communication technologies in the classroom.

The president launched the initiative under the theme 'Leveraging ICTs to Improve Basic Education'.

Zuma says 92% of South African schools have already been provided with one computer for administration purposes, while 28% have computers to enhance teaching. He also says 49% of local schools have access to the internet.

Zuma says the Basic Education Department is doing a good job.

The latest economic forum report on global competitiveness has placed South Africa almost last in terms of maths and science education in a survey of 148 countries.

It also ranked South Africa at a bleak 119 for internet access at schools.