oa The Journal of Independent Teaching and Learning - Editorial

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1818-9687



South Africa finds itself confronted by two interrelated socio-economic imperatives. The first is the challenge of responding to the demands of the emerging knowledge economy. The skills and competencies required are radically different from those of agricultural and industrial economies. Unlike the latter, whose primary resources are land and raw materials, the knowledge economy increasingly relies on the sharing, dissemination and exploitation of knowledge, as well as its creation. Success in this economy is dependenton, , high level human resources and communication technologies. However a majority of SouthAfricans are still only equipped for employment in the agriculture and extractive economy.

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