According to CEO and Chairperson of Cochrane Associates, Peter Cochrane, young people have a bright future in the technological era, as they easily adapt to the changes.
“There is a need for people with technological skills as much, or even more than the need for people with skills in other fields,” he says.
The rise of pupils taking IT and computer applications technology as high school subjects in South Africa has risen since they were introduced to the outcome-based education, further education and training and Institute for Better Education curricula in 2006.
Siyivula Education CEO Mark Horner says that the focus should not be on the new forms of technology, but rather on how technology is aiding learning.
According to TopUniversities, computer science degrees focus on the theoretical foundations of information and computation, taking a scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications.
Technology will not resolve all our educational problems
According to The Complete University Guide, these are a few reasons for studying a computer science degree:
- The digital age needs computer scientists
- We are living in a digital age and computer programs have infiltrated every aspect of life.
- Computer scientists earn a lot
- Computer scientists are in demand and salaries reflect this.
- Computer scientists can work in every type of industry
- Virtually every industry uses computers.
- Internationally diverse cohort
- Computer scientists work with international content all the time, exposing them to different cultures.
- Year abroad opportunities
- The skills of a computer scientist can be used in any country.
With an unemployment rate that has risen to 55,90% in the second quarter of 2017, South African youths are being encouraged to explore different work avenues.
However, not everyone is optimistic about South Africa’s next working generation focusing on technology.
According to Immersive Minds Director Stephen Reid, technology will not resolve all our educational problems.
“We need to create a ‘maker’ mentality, not a technologically dependent one. The true value of educational technology lies in how effectively you use it,” says Reid.