The South African government would have no doubt set questions in motion to the affected sectors and ministries of its economy on the woeful and disgraceful slump experienced by its educational sector as ranked by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
South Africa was ranked last (140th of 140 economies surveyed) by the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report for the year 2015 – 2016 in terms of the quality of Mathematics and Science Education provided in the country. Out of a total 140 countries on which the ranking scale was based, South Africa barely managed to keep its head from the last position by ranking 138th in the overall quality of education as it is in the country. South Africa further performed poorly when rated as regards the level of internet access in their schools and enrollment higher institutions where they managed to be the 119th and 93rd out of 140 respectively.
There would be some light at the end of the tunnel later though as some other sectors of the South African economy could be said to have enjoyed improvements. In secondary school education for instance, South Africa placed 12th in enrollment, 19th in Staff Training, 24th in quality of management schools and 41st in the availability of specialized training services.
The ranking, which is based on a survey taken and results computed from the opinions of business leaders, has nothing to do with the students that actually attend these schools.
Overall, South Africa progressed up the ladder seven places from last year’s 56th position to clinch a place in the 49th out of 140 economies surveyed.