Poor education hurting South Africa's Internet industry, says Naspers CEO

TheGuy

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Koos your highly expensive DSTV is also to blame for people's lack of education in this country.
 

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No mention of the abundant rebuttal to this yesterday evening on 702/CapeTalk? It would have given a much more balanced article.
 

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Wrong way around Koos...it isn't "poor education is hurting the SA internet industry, but should be "poor internet in SA is hurting our education"
 

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LOL, at what Naspers remunerates...they have lost plenty of world beaters to the likes of Amazon and Google...its not a matter of not producing world class beaters oom Koos it is a matter, of them finding better pastures.
 

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i think faking the internets on a dstv decoder is also to blame for the poor education in this country.


Regrettably our education system is so poor it simply does not yield the mathematics geniuses we need to go to university to become engineers.
while this is true, universities are also forced to make up quotas. so where someone with genuine promise will be overlooked so that the numbers of groups can be correct. this is what upsets my wife (she's a charou and i'm a honky). she's been to university and believes that it is a privilege and not a right. the deserving people who work their butts off to get good grades can't go study what they're passionate about because of racial quotas. the people who don't deserve to be there are usually the ones who want it for free and start their violent protests when asked to pay up.

unfortunately if you want to study further, you need the money. if you don't have the money, then you need to work hard so that you can get the bursary. either that, or you get a job and study part-time.

poor education is not the source of the problem. the problem is with the people who are in power who make poor decisions because of the effects it will have on their pockets, rather than what effects it will have on the future of the country. you let the cream of the crop go through and become the leaders of tomorrow and the only way we can go is up. you let the others go through and you get leaders who can only think of themselves - a president who spends almost half a billion (and counting) of the country's money on a house, ministers who spend R50000 on take-out, a police chief who is crooked as a dog's hind leg, a communications minister who loves to spend on herself and never makes a deadline.... etc...
 

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Koos Bekker shoots straight. We have a problem in this country. The big problem is actually that our education system does not produce enough technical people... I am sure the best of the best in SA is right up there with the best of the world.

I think the issue is competition. In SA you need a degree and somehow get a little experience and then suddenly you are seen as qualified and able to work for unrealistic high pay with very little in terms of delivery or self-improvement. If the pressure were a bit on I am sure that average/median quality will improve right with it, because competition is a wonderful thing.

Now I often just see a bunch of mindless people day-to-day thinking that knowledge work is following the same recipes in a cookbook over-and-over with zero critical thinking. And they get angry if they are not handed cookbooks by their employers and think that the employer is suppose to be ok with them being on autopilot.
 

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yah we need a highly skilled workforce to take advantage of the web economy or be the leaders of the web economy in africa. lets educate the masses, lets fi the maths and science problems in the education system, yes lets but wit an uneducated president and uneducated politicians like malema getting popular i wonder if this will hapen in our lifetime
 
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