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The Poverty Of South Africa’s Education System

October 16, 2012
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I was educated in this country, and so I am a product of this education system. I am a product of a system that allows for failure and is undoubtedly mediocre in nature. It is shocking – to say the least – to learn that children in grade seven have an inability to construct sentences and articulate ideas coherently. Worse still is the knowledge that this pandemic is occurring at university level as well. Yes, university students lack writing skills. Working at the university gives me access to writing material by students and I have also heard comments made by markers and lecturers. It is on this basis that I make the statements that I do.



  1. Zimbabwe is said to have had high literacy rate, so why can’t our government consult with our neighbours and find out how they did it with fewer resources? I mean what do we have to lose?

  2. It would seem that our neighbours have stuck to an education system which they inherited from their colonial masters, Britain: they still have O-levels) and have grades up to 13 in high school. Whilst it is apperant that in this case colonialism has left a positive legacy behind, one must keep in mind that dis-association from the colonial past in all forms (including thier education systems) was the order of the day when liberaton was achieved -. this is what most states did (Zim and Kenya being amoung the exeptions). What do we have to loose? Quite a bit in terms of the South African government’s legitimacy standards and their Capacity if we are in fact going to regress to education policies of those times. A more progressive approach and not a retrospective one would be favoured. Lets do what the Chinese and Japanese do (after all, they are the second and third economic powers in the world respectively).