[Irtalk] SA’s shocking ICT skills ranking

Hussein Suleman hussein at cs.uct.ac.za
Thu Nov 28 15:31:45 SAST 2013

*sigh* yet more doom and gloom.

we rank 70/144 on network readiness (NRI), which is very comparable to 
our GDP rankings (adjusted for purchasing power parity).

we rank 102/144 on "ICT skills" because ICT skills are calculated based on:
- math+physics education scores in school
- overall school education system score
- number of people in high school
- adult literacy rate

(see p261 of the report at 

so, i would interpret this slightly differently. the fact that our NRI 
is middle tier while our education system sucks means we are doing one 
incredible job at building an industry in spite of these obstacles :)

it could also reflect the reasonable conclusion that ICT skills cannot 
always be measured by the variables used in this report!


hussein suleman ~ hussein at cs.uct.ac.za ~ http://www.husseinsspace.com

On 28/11/2013 15:00, Hilton Gibson wrote:
> The World Economic Forum (WEF) released its Global Information
> Technology Report 2013 on 10 April, revealing that South Africa’s ICT
> skills ranking is among the lowest in the world.
> http://mybroadband.co.za/news/general/75311-sas-shocking-ict-skills-ranking.html
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