PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Beckie Knight
 
Comments: 35
Article views: 4
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Beckie Knight's badges.
 

Wanted: Spell-checker for a British school’s teachers

08 December 2012, 11:22

This was a headline in Britain’s International Express newspaper (28th November). I seriously had to rub my eyes and clear my throat! Was I reading correctly? Yes! Wanted: Spell-checker for a British school’s teachers.

If some schools in Britain are hiring spell-checkers and proofreaders, this country of ours is in for terrible, terrible trouble!

I just don’t get it! When I was in school, if one word was spelt incorrectly, in any paper (not just English spelling!), we’d have to re-write that word, correctly, one hundred times until we could rattle it off perfectly! And yes, there were 25 to 30 pupils in a class. Excuse me but I’m so mad! What the hell is going on with our education system? What? Pupils are failing, left, right and centre; getting 13% for maths; they can’t spell properly, read properly or write properly, even! Why is this? Is there anyone out there with some answers and solutions to this pathetic, stinking, disgusting state of affairs?

This is serious, people! It’s bad enough ex-inmates have been running this country – now, future generations and future leaders won’t even be able to hold a decent conversation or even read one! I genuinely hope there are still some decent brains in our failing country, brains that will be able to take a stand and do something positive.

Parents are working their butts off to pay for their children’s education and what the hell are they getting in return? I’m not talking about government ministers who send their children to private schools - I’m talking about lower and middleclass South Africans whose children attend public schools.  That department goes on and on and on, talk, talk, talk, filling up the department with more employees, writing up more reports, pretending that text books will be delivered on time – you all know the rest…

The Department of Basic Education’s slogan is: Every Child is a National Asset. Really? These people should be bloody-well ashamed of themselves – ashamed, I say! There are nine provincial education offices in this country – why are they not functioning correctly? Maybe people aren’t really interested and simply want a salary at the end of the month?

The Department of Basic Education is divided into units, referred to as “Branches.” Each branch, headed by a deputy director-general, is further sub-divided into chief directorates. The chief directorates are also sub-divided into a number of directorates (DoE Website). Our education minister is weak as well as what’s-her-name, Barbara someone. Just how many adults are running this entire education department? No doubt, they’re all getting paid a fortune, no doubt but once again, what are they getting paid to do? If the department’s motto is: Every Child is a National Asset, then they’d better hurry on up and start finding ways, immediately, to fix the grim mess they’ve made. Eighteen years is a long time in anyone’s book. Why are their so very many illiterates in this land?

I don’t have any answers because us little Mickey Meeces aren’t even listened to or taken any notice of. Who’s going to fix it? Parents can’t, teachers can’t and the department certainly can’t, so, who?

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.

 

24.com 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
35 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Sandile Ntuli
I salute Ontlametse Phalatse

Ontlametse truly is of the class of the late and great such as Johnson and Stepanek, therefore, Nkosi Johnson: I salute you. Read more...

0 comments 74 views
Submitted by
Gideon Maleka
Xenophobia is a taboo in our coun...

African leaders must embrace the African renaissance concept which was aimed at uniting us and making us regain our dignity as human beings Read more...

0 comments 54 views
Submitted by
Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
South Africa wrongly termed 'junk...

On the back of South Africa's down-grade by rating agencies, speculation is rife as to what does this mean for the consumer and the economy. Read more...

0 comments 173 views
Submitted by
TiisetsoMakhele
High Court ruling on nuclear agre...

Just because Russia is mentioned as one of the countries where cooperative agreements have been reached and just because we have a black government, there is lots of propaganda on the distorted costs and environmental effects of nuclear. Read more...

0 comments 1257 views
Submitted by
Armand Erasmus
A weekend in Bloem

The purpose of this post is not to attack or offend their beliefs. It is a call to realise that actions speak so much louder than prayers, and the sooner this realisation is accepted, the better. Read more...

0 comments 185 views
Submitted by
Armand Erasmus
Angus in the workplace

I fully respect my Christian colleagues point of view, but why bring it up around the non- or different of religious people in the office? Read more...

0 comments 207 views
 

services

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.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.