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Icame across two fas­ci­nat­ing ta­bles re­cently (see be­low) while re­view­ing a Govern­ment pa­per de­tail­ing why Del­phi needs to be­come the stan­dard­ised pro­gram­ming lan­guage in South African schools for learn­ers in Grades 11 and 12. In terms of the de­ci­sion con­cern­ing Del­phi ver­sus Java, the pol­icy pa­per it­self was a night­mare and I tore into it on Fin­, con­tend­ing how poor the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process was.

I also stud­ied the ta­bles more closely, match­ing the data with the pa­pers’s con­tents. It stated a num­ber of times that In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (IT) was “too dif­fi­cult” and needed to be made eas­ier for both learn­ers and teach­ers. The pa­per also cited var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional pa­pers, which said that dif­fi­cult cour­ses lead to high drop-out rates among learn­ers.

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