Weekly Educational Insights - Middle East & Africa

Here at Bett MEA we are passionate about Education and Technology.

We conduct in-depth research throughout the year to keep ourselves up to date with developments across the region and ensure we’re providing the most relevant content at Bett MEA 2018. 

Here are some of the regional insights we’ve discovered this week:

Saudi Arabia
​Saudi Arabia plans to eradicate illiteracy by 2024. According to data, the illiteracy rate across the Kingdom at the start of 2018 is 5.6%. Literacy has long been a focus for Saudi Arabia and this goal falls within Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030 and the government have allocated SR 192 billion for the education sector this year. Read more.

South Africa
​The South African government is deciding on whether they can provide free Higher Education to students. President Zuma introduced the initiative last month -  the plan seeks to provide fee-free tertiary education to students from households with an annual income of less than R350 000 with immediate effect. Estimations suggest that this covers 90% of students in the higher education system. Reports however suggest this will cripple the government’s finances. Read more

The Basic Education Minister of South Africa, Angie Motshekga, has said that there needs to be a shift from an academic to technical vocational curriculum. She said: “There are too many academic schools in our country.  We still have [a]…colonial landscape of education, everybody wants to go to university…It does not mean that if you go to vocational college your career is limited, you can be anything, using your hands.” She said she would recommend to her successor to roll out vocational education in schools as a priority when her term ends in 18 months. Read more.

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