South African Government Releases Annual Science Technology And Innovation Report

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The National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), has released the 2016 Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators Report which provides data about the performance of the country’s system of innovation. The report is released annually.

The 2016 STI indicators report is based on the analysis of the National System of Innovation performance during the period between 1996 and 2016. The Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators report is released annually by NACI an entity of the Department of Science and Technology.

From Science Business.

NACI is a statutory body that advises the Minister for Science and Technology and, through the Minister, Cabinet, on the role and contribution of science, mathematics, innovation and technology, in promoting and achieving national objectives, namely, to improve and sustain the quality of life of all South Africans.

The 2016 STI indicators report identifies areas of progress but also points to the lack of progress in certain areas of the NSI.

First, the NSI human capital pipeline remains constrained. The percentage of matric learners who passed mathematics and physical science with at least 50% remains low. The proportion of matric female learners passing mathematics and physics with at least 60% has been declining from 2008 to 2016. Unsurprisingly then, the undergraduate percentage SET enrolment has remained stagnant between 2005 (29.4%) and 2015 (29.7%). Notwithstanding, at the postgraduate level, the proportion of science engineering and technology (SET) enrolment as percentage of total student enrolments has increased between 2005 and 2015.

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