Ramaphosa wants entrepreneurship to be taught at schools from an early age

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Learners at the Boitumelong Secondary School in Tembisa in eastern Johannesburg familiarize themselves with new tablets ahead of the launch of a paperless education system. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he would like to see entrepreneurship taught in schools to develop a culture of self-employment from an early age.Ramaphosa was speaking in Soweto during the final leg of the second annual Investment Conference, which saw large corporates commit to invest a total of R363bn that government hopes will stimulate SA’s sluggish GDP growth rate of just 0.5%.

While the main focus of the conference has been on the role large business play in the economy and job creation, Ramaphosa on Thursday said small and medium enterprises could help drive growth.

“I have long said that entrepreneurial skills should be included in the basic education curriculum,” he said. “Far too often our citizens are risk-averse when it comes to entrepreneurship, preferring the so-called comfort of gainful employment to the perceived insecurity that comes with self-employment.”

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