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South African schools to get six new subjects

As South Africa heads into the digital age of education, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that six new subjects will be introduced to secondary schools.

During his State of the Nation Address, Ramaphosa stated that the standard of education needs to be improved and while some of the subjects mentioned are already offered in Technical and Vocational Education and Training as well as other higher learning institutes in the country, they will be introduced to adolescents in order to speed up courses.

The introduction of the new system will be done over six years and will see every school child in South Africa issued with a government provided digital workbook and textbooks on a tablet device.

The project will start with schools that have been historically most disadvantaged and located in the poorest communities such as rural schools and farms.

Most high enrolment subjects across all grades and all workbooks have already been digitised.

The Department of Education will also need to implement training to educators and learners on the operation of technologies such as the internet, robotics and artificial intelligence.

The new technology subjects that are to be introduced include:

  • Technical mathematics

  • Technical sciences

  • Maritime sciences

  • Aviation studies

  • Mining sciences

  • Aquaponics

Aquaponics is not a subject many people know about. Basically it is a combination of aquaculture, which is raising fish, and hydroponics, the growing of plants without soil. Which means the subject will teach children how the two can grow together in one sustainable system.