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South Africa: Science and Technology Deputy Minister Advocate Michael Masutha urges Limpopo School Pupils to Become Scientists and Researchers to Help Develop the Country
Source: Issued by: Department of Science and Technology
Source Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Jan 31, 2014

The 2013 matric pass rate in mathematics and physical science showed a slight increase compared to 2012. The maths pass rate for the matric class of 2013 increased from 54% in 2012 to 59.1% and in physical science from 61.3% to 67%. However, a much higher pass rate is needed if South Africa is to improve its global economic competitiveness.
The Minister addressed school pupils at the Science centre the Bokamoso Science and Technology centre in Bochum. He said South Africa is a developing country, and for it to be considered developed it needs you (learners) to do Maths & Science and become scientists and researchers. The country has a lot of natural resources such as minerals. However, the most important resources are yourselves young people.
The Minister added that science and technology education programmes around the country need to be strengthened in areas where they are needed most, so that every SA child can be given the opportunity to participate in the 'African dream'. He said such programmes will also reverse the situation of poverty, inequality and unemployment.
“SA will not win the war against all these adverse conditions if it didn't produce more of scientists, mathematicians and researchers. Please prosper in your studies wherever you will be, but do come back to develop rural villages like yours,” he said.
The Deputy Minister will conclude his visit to the province by visiting Risenga and Ngonyama high schools in Giyani:

Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Date: 08h00
Venue: Wednesday, Risenga and Ngonyama high schools in Giyani
For more information:
Veronica Mohapeloa
Cell: 082 882 3818
E-mail: Veronica.Mohapeloa@dst.gov.za
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