Fourth Industrial Revolution will leave scores jobless if education is not bettered, IMF advises

Japanese robot revolution. PHOTO/COURTESY: TheTechNews

The use of machines as a substitute for human labour will herald the fourth industrial revolution and Africa’s second tier education will not save people from losing jobs, IMF has revealed.

According to a report released by IMF on Friday last week, the use of machines is rising in both established and developing economies around the globe.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution wind is sweeping not only in developed countries but also across developing nations where firms are capitalising on machines to boost productivity,” the IMF report reads.

IMF, through the report, faults African regimes for concentrating on traditional infrastructure and abandoning investment plans on education and technology.

The report proceeds to advise African nations to adopt digital literacy by integrating Information Technology in their education curriculum if they are to survive the robot revolution.

“Whether technology becomes a substitute for or a complement to labour is not necessarily a force beyond our control. This puts a high premium on education to empower the youth to succeed in the changing world of work,” reads the 69-page report.

“There is considerable uncertainty over what specific skills will be needed in the revolution. As such, education systems will need to be flexible while ensuring full enrollment and introducing technology in every classroom.”

In Kenya, the Jubilee administration had promised to incorporate digital learning into the education curriculum by introducing laptops to pupils in primary school. However, the initiative that was launched in May 2016, faced major setbacks in its implementation.

For instance, the laptops were substituted with tablets to cut on procurement costs but even so, approximately 23,951 primary schools are yet to receive the tablets even as Jubilee’s reign enters its final years.


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