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Challenges in Science, Technology and Innovation

The following are the challenges facing the country in the area of science, technology and innovation:

  • Limited financial resources from both public and private sectors to invest in the sector
  • Limited human resources available for Science Technology and Innovation Development. This mainly due to fewer scientists coming out of the academic institutions.
  • Many students at ‘O’ and ‘A’ level  avoid science and prefer to do very well art subjects. There  is a need to change the teaching of science subjects in our institutions of learning
  • There are few engineers, doctors, technicians and artisans available on the labour market.
  • The current government funding modality of the medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) which is based on the need for immediate outputs and returns to the economy.  STI requires a different funding arrangement that entails sustained long term financing commitments in order to realise its long-term contribution to the GDP.

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