MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 2
Article views: 2
Latest Badges:

View all IZAK's badges.

The fuse has been lit but the President says all is well.

04 February 2013, 11:07

Education as most people know is in a sorry state and is rated near the bottom even in Africa. That is in spite of its massive budget and numerous investigations as to reasons for this state of affairs.

We now know most of the reasons why the system has failed but not how to fix it.  Outcome Based Education (OBE) is the main culprit and several attempts to modify it and to bring back some of the features of the old system have been introduced but with little success.

It has been in use for so long and teachers have been trained to apply its principles so that is difficult for them to change to a different approach.

But why did the ANC-"experts" decide on it in spite of the fact that it had been a failure everywhere and England got rid of it through an act of parliament  after more than twenty years when they found that 16year olds could not read and write properly and struggled with basic maths ?

It is because the system allows average and below average pupils to pass with relative ease. Another fallacy is that teachers only have to be facilitators , since by using OBE learners discover knowledge and do not need highly qualified teachers . Learners will for example "discover" maths whilst solving problems and the old approach was to teach them maths in order to solve problems.

So thousands of poorly selected and poorly trained teachers were sent out to "facilitate" and all the learners "discovered" was that they had very little knowledge to show for their efforts.

Experienced teachers who complained that the system wasn't working were forced to toe the line and many left as a result and some joined private schools.  Most model-C schools on the quiet kept on using the trusted chalk and talk method where a lot of explaining , repetition and drill was done.

An additional problem was the closing of special or opportunity classes that catered for learners with learning problems or lacking the capacity to benefit from ordinary education. There are large numbers of these "handicapped" children in our society suffering from foetal alcohol syndrome or being mentally impaired because of drug abuse by their mothers during pregnancy or by themselves. They disrupt classes , cause chaos and make successful teaching impossible.

I believe that all learners should be tested and those of more or less similar ability should be grouped together  (streaming) and should be taught together. Children with serious problems should be taught by specially trained teachers like it used to be and for others a little less impaired there should be vocational schools of which there are still a few in operation.

Hundreds of thousands of unfortunate souls drop out of school between Grades 1 and 12 with little chance of getting jobs. They represent the ticking time bomb we all fear and will partake in violent uprisings like we now see all over the country.  

In the mean time the goverment wastes money like water spending millions on Nkandla , sending soldiers to protect corrupt regimes , sponsoring Zimbabwe , Swaziland and Cuba and spending billions on war planes that seldom fly and submarines that will never be used except as curiosities in the dry docks.

If they had appointed competent people on merit in goverment service in stead of incompetent cadres , they could have used the money wasted on consultants to build schools and train teachers .

But in Davos in Switzerland  Zuma grins happily at his audience and tells them that all is fine with our special democracy . And FNB is bullied into submission for using an advertisement the ANC dislikes. 

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
David van Tonder
Will the real ANC please stand up...

The Diane Kohler Barnard saga continues to attract much attention across social and conventional media. Read more...

0 comments 38 views
Submitted by
Mouth watering rugby ahead.

I must agree that England's demise was mostly due to a horrible pool and surely as hosts they should have had an easier path to the quarter finals. Read more...

0 comments 141 views
Submitted by
Adrian Ciesielski
Strategic Disruption

There is, for some reason, an attraction to falling in line, following the rules, and playing this business game by the books. If you want to be an agent for change within the company, and let them know that you are not just a minion, be disruptive. Read more...

0 comments 462 views
Submitted by
Charles Coombes
Non-Zero Gravity

This is in reply to Zero Gravity While it is good to see someone thinking about these things I feel that I have to correct a few misconceptions that are in the above article. Read more...

0 comments 169 views
Submitted by
Bongani Mahlangu
Cognitive Dissonance in South Afr...

I have been hearing a lot about "Cognitive Dissonance" lately and I had experienced it talking to certain individuals within a certain party. I had to read more about it. I came across a quotation that says, "Any fool can despise what he cannot understand or comprehend." Read more...

0 comments 174 views
Dirty Business(man)

Have you noticed the sharp increase in “businessmen” in the news lately? Read more...

0 comments 1510 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2015 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.