AfriForum: Resolve education problems

2014-01-07 07:13
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. (GCIS)

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg - Until the problems plaguing the education sector were resolved, celebrating a supposedly increasing matric pass rate remained a "political spin exercise", AfriForum said on Monday.

The department and education experts had to resolve problems with delivery of textbooks, inefficient curriculum options, the paralyzing actions of some education unions, inadequate training for teachers, dysfunctional schools, and a lack of mother-language education, the civil rights organisation's deputy CEO Alana Bailey said in a statement.

"Independent tests find that the literacy and numeracy levels of matriculants often are so low that they have little to offer employers. The prospects of learners who do not complete their school careers are even worse."

The implementation of a youth wage subsidy was of little significance when the basic education department delivered a decreasing number of employable people.

"The youth is being failed dismally," she said.

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