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Colonial legacy still holding science and technology ransom in Africa

The troubled legacy of colonialism and a predilection for the social sciences in African universities are linked to problems that continue to beset the continent’s growth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to policy experts.

Panellists made the judgement during a discussion on the future of STEM subjects in Africa on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum for Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, on 4 June.

The Cape Town-based African Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the MasterCard Foundation jointly hosted the session.

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