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Govt eyes digital revolution in education

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South Africa’s education system will undergo a revamp, as government looks to equip every school child with digital workbooks and textbooks on a tablet device over the next six years.

This is the bold promise made by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday evening, delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) during a joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces.

Ramaphosa revealed government has identified five urgent tasks it needs to address, and the education system is one such case.

He noted that in order to achieve equitable growth, draw young people into employment and prepare the country for the digital age, the state must prioritise education and the development of skills that are needed now and into the future.

“We will start with those schools that have been historically most disadvantaged and are located in the poorest communities, including multi-grade, multi-phase, farm and rural schools.”

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