The goal of a democratic state is to establish a society in which the citizens are
intellectually, socially, economically and politically empowered. In
order to achieve this noble goal, certain conditions need to be in place in order to
mobilize social, economic and political forces to capacitate the state to galvanize the
productive forces that would ensure that these goals are achieved.
One school of thought regarding the mechanism through which these productive forces
can be galvanized, which is the subject of this paper, is to reorient the state as a
developmental state. By so doing, sufficient productive forces will be
unleashed to advance industrialization and this will principally require significant
investment into technical education in primary, secondary and tertiary levels. This technical education should focus on creating a society that has sufficient
analytical, numeracy, creative, computer and communication skills in society.