SOUTH AFRICA: The education department must have a deeper understanding of the skills which are required by the employment sector, economic development deputy minister Hlengiwe Mkhize said today.
These will assist them to produce relevant and required skills, she told delegates at the Innovation Africa Summit in Cape Town.
Mkhize said the education department must ensure that computer skills were taught in all secondary schools.
The lessons must also form part of the standard adult basic education and training curriculum by 2015.
She said the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector was important for economic growth and job creation.
Mkhize also emphasised a need for all public servants to receive ICT training, saying achieving this goal requires an urgent plan to train educators, access relevant teaching skills elsewhere and establish computer centres for learners and communities.