The launch of St Barnabas and UJ Metropolitan Mathematics specialist Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) schools is set to ignite a new level of hunger in these areas, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said Friday.
The two Schools of Specialisation (SoS) will focus on high tech and innovation.
The SoS will offer a highly specialised curriculum and seek to nurture the development of top talent in South Africa across key disciplines, breeding the country’s future generation of leaders.
“This will enable learners opportunities to build exciting technology and science-focused careers in the future, making a positive impact in our country and the world we live in,” said Lesufi.
St Barnabas High School and UJ Metropolitan High School are Mathematics, Science and ICT will offer a series of courses in basic IT literacy, computer programming and robotics.
The schools are part of a wider initiative by the GDE to drive interest among learners in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and ICT subjects, giving them skills needed to avail of the wide range of technology careers being created by the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Through the department’s partnership with Honeywell and Melisizwe Computer Lab Project, 197 Grade 8 learners from both schools will be equipped with software programming and other ICT skills.
“Industry 4.0 is shaping the future of how the world works and Honeywell’s innovations sit right at the forefront of this revolution,” said Honeywell Africa President Sean Smith.
“By investing in courses such as the Melisizwe Computer Lab Project, we are ensuring that young people in South Africa have the best possible start to their future technology careers so that they too can go on to help shape the way the world works through innovation,” Smith added.
These specialist schools aims to assist in addressing skills shortages in Gauteng by creating skilled labour for the economy that will respond to the re-industrialisation strategy of the Gauteng City Region.