Education and Skills Development
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will release the results of the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) study on 29 November 2016. TIMSS is a cross-national assessment of the mathematics and science levels of learners from the various participating countries. TIMSS was developed by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) to allow participating nations to compare learner educational achievement across borders.
A poor schooling background follow students right through university and graduation and influences their chances of finding employment, especially if they are black and female.
The matric results provide important information regarding whether the schooling system is able to meet the demands for scarce skills in the country in relation to Science, Engineering, Commerce and Health. Using the National Senior Certificate results from 2011-2015, we analyse the progress made along the education pipeline.
Higher education institutions contribute to economic development by drawing on evolutionary economics and the national innovation systems approach. This offers distinct advantages in conceptualising higher education’s developmental role, through its stress on the importance of education, skills, work, innovation and production for economic development.
Close to three years on since the start of the LMIP, we gather at this briefing meeting to share some of our findings to you, Honourable Minister, the Department of Higher Education and Training and the audience of skills development policymakers, practitioners and researchers. I can vouch that researchers in this project collectively spent many more than 10 000 hours studying skills planning. Not only have they studied this area and conducted research to better understand the enterprise and dynamics of skills planning, but they have undertaken the work in collaboration with government and other social actors. I am pleased to note that LMIP has become a brand synonymous with skills planning in South Africa.
A research project to improve early learning for Setswana children during the foundation phase of schooling, kick-started in February this year.
An analysis of the data collected to verify the 2014 Annual National Assessment (ANA), showed that with a few exceptions, the ANA results are consistent with the verification results, which is good news for confirming the quality of the assessments of learners in grades 3, 6 and 9. An HSRC team reported on the verification findings at the national and provincial level and for the subject areas of mathematics, home language and first additional language.