SA’s poor education system is hobbling innovation and stifling economic growth, top economist Azar Jammine warned on Thursday at the launch of the National Advisory Council on Innovation’s (Naci) latest science, technology and innovation indicators report. "The ability to think sufficiently to innovate properly is driven by education. It is not just teaching you how to read and write, it is also teaching you how to think and solve problems," said Jammine, who is MD of Econometrix. "It means there are too few people who end up being able to do work that is useful to society, and too few people who are in a position to be employed in areas where they can add value. This, in turn, translates into a low level of productivity, which has negative macro-economic effects," Jammine said in a telephone interview with Business Day. Naci’s report draws on previously published research to paint a picture of how SA’s innovative capacity has evolved over the past decade, highlighting constraints i...

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