President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Department of Basic Education’s approach to teaching and learning must speak to the ever-changing world of technology to ensure good quality education.

He says attention should be paid to the basics of education and the need to equip learners with skills that can enable them to function in the world.

Addressing a virtual Basic Education Lekgotla, Ramaphosa said government will soon gazette a new curriculum for basic education.

“If we are to meet our developmental goals, we need to provide young people with quality education that prepares them not just for the challenges of the present, but also for the opportunity of the future. This year’s Lekgotla is about equipping learners with knowledge and skills for an ever-changing world. Not only must we adapt to new ways of learning, but also our own curriculum has to respond to the changes in the world of work”

The President has once again congratulated the matric class of 2020 who achieved a 76.2% pass rate, a decline of about 5.1 percentage points compared to the previous year.

The video below is the matric results announcement:

But Ramaphosa says it is an impressive performance considering the impact on the coronavirus pandemic.

He has encouraged learners who have not passed their matric not to throw in the towel.

“Our greatest congratulations go to our matriculants, they are the ones who have done well and we want to congratulate them and their families, because they really make our nation proud. I’d like to encourage those who did not make it this year to take advantage of the opportunity provided through the second chance program. Do not see this as a failure, but a minor setback from which you can learn and from which you can recover,” adds President Ramaphosa.

The video below is the live stream of the President’s address: