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More SA kids in private schools

2012-07-22 10:37

Johannesburg - South African teachers on average spend less than 50% of their teaching time in class each week, the Sunday Times reported.

This figure was contained in a survey conducted by the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR).

Teachers often did not understand their subjects nor knew how to teach them. Many in state schools bunked classes.

As a result, many parents turned to private schools for their children's education. The number of pupils in private schools had increased from 256 283 in 2000 to more than 450 740 to date.

In state schools, the pupil: teacher ratio was 30:1, but in the private sector, there was a ratio of 16:1.

Ten percent of 24 451 state schools lacked water facilities.

In total, 11 450 schools had pit latrines and 155 relied on the bucket system.

However, 913 schools did not have toilet facilities, the newspaper reported.

Comments
  • frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-07-22 10:43

    Another resounding failure from the ANC thieves and robbers!!

      chris.nel.35 - 2012-07-22 10:52

      Shocking. It is so sad when one see how much money the goverment actually have to do things. How does one bocome a teacher if you don't know your subject?? Bad, bad bad news.

      christo.stone - 2012-07-22 11:14

      Indeed. The sooner the masses get the message the sooner we can improve our education sytem. Education means jobs and jobs mean more tax payers, but the guavament didn't have an education either so how should they know this ;)

      ianon.ym - 2012-07-22 11:17

      And you wonder why SA's youth is scarping the bottom of the barrel in a world wide comparison - absolutely shameful -

      spartanx93 - 2012-07-22 11:22

      Striking and demanding is more important to them than a childs education.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-22 11:32

      There must be many good black teachers out there who do care, but unfortunately this kind of summary does indicate that there are far too many who are inept & really should not be teaching @ all. Much the same would apply to black " nurses " as well. They just dont have it, unless they are under the correct supervision and are held accountable for their actions. To many black teachers & nurses, their " vocation " is nothing more than a job and a salary cheque @ the end of the month.

      david.streicher - 2012-07-22 12:06

      ..if only I had the money to enroll my kids in a private school..

      goyougoodthing - 2012-07-22 12:12

      Rob... too right... what the 'people' forget is that every job should be a calling. Teacher, investment banker whatever... the reason some do better than others is because they work harder faster and longer at it... merely being at a job is not doing it...

      selma.botha.9 - 2012-07-22 13:03

      Jan Brand het gese alles sal regkom indien elkeen sy plig doen. Pligsbesef bestaan nie meer nie.

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-07-22 16:24

      My child will NEVER see the inside of a government school even if it means I have to wear cheap Chinese clothes & walk to work!!!!!!!!!!

      chille.peppa - 2012-07-22 19:57

      Already have the enrollment forms for my 3yo for private school, just need to actaully drop it off at the school... and THIS is another reason we only have and WILL only have one.

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-07-23 07:37

      Isn't this what the masses fought against?Education is the single most important factor to eliminate poverty.Being educated will mean you will always be employable, but unfortunately being uneducated means that they will be easily manipulated and that is what their leaders want.

      freddie.miff - 2012-07-23 11:51

      Nationalise education!!!... no wait, damn. errr, umm, nationalise the mines!!! :-)

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-07-24 09:45

      Yet they will hand out R160 per month for every child born to mothers with no or little income instead of tying up their tubes for free.

  • tobydt - 2012-07-22 10:49

    And teachers want to go on strike for bigger increases :P

      david.streicher - 2012-07-22 12:49

      It breaks my heart watching my kid’s happy faces when they present their academic results achieved at state schools, knowing that they are in for a rude awakening when they hit university. I cannot afford private education too.

      jackie.white.94064 - 2012-07-22 14:25

      @david I can just imagine how it must feel its such a sad situation, my son was blessed with a bursary from a private school and it's like a different world compared to public schools. This government is destroying our youth and any hope of them actually getting decent jobs. Even the universities have to take a quota before the kids that actually have the marks get accepted. It's a disgrace!!!

  • kim.buren - 2012-07-22 10:54

    Why am I not surprised as the service delivery in this country sucks!!!

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-22 11:41

      Even " Mr delivery's " standards have slipped.

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-07-22 10:56

    Unfortunately not everyone can afford it.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-22 11:24

      Yip , that is a big problem !! Thank you ANC and the brainless that vote for them !!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-22 12:05

      Especially the masses, and education is the only viable tool we have to pull the masses out of poverty. That's why despite governments fairy tale promises of nationalisation of half the economy, aleviation of porverty can never take place until the poor are empowered to help themselves and make a meaningfull contribution to the economy.

      chille.peppa - 2012-07-22 20:01

      And use private hospitals...

      blip.noodlum - 2012-07-24 10:57

      ANC office-bearing cadres are all wealthy people and -- like all wealthy people -- have the perfect freedom to spend their own earnings any way they like. And availing themselves of the expensive luxury options in health, education, transport etc, is all part of any rich person's freedom of choice. If you were really rich would YOU buy the cheapest of everything just to make some sort of statement?

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-22 10:57

    And the reality is that no government official gives a damn... and is happy to blame apartheid or some lower official scapegoat. None of their families attend theses schools.... And to think thats where out future "leaders", the like of malema, are going to come from.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-22 10:58

    What, no "viva ANC" messages? I wonder why?

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-07-22 13:33

      because its sunday and all the ANC fanboys are away from their work computers

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-07-24 10:46

      Yep they away sporting a babelaas!

  • nick.athinodorou - 2012-07-22 11:09

    Parents do not necessarily have to send their kids to private schools in order to get a better quality of education. The article highlights many issues butthe question to beasked is this: how many of these issues can be solved through greater parental support and involvement in the school? My opinion is that quite a bit can be done if parents get more involved through their governing bodies and increased participation in the management of schools. If you are willing to have kids,you should also be prepared to make the extra contribution.

      John - 2012-07-22 11:53

      Parents unfortunately have to put in their time to get food on the table and clothing and shelter. We have a corrupt incompetent government whose sole purpose is to accumulate as much for themselves as possible. YOU get all the misappropriated funds spent on schooling then you may see an improvement. We send our children to school because we are unable to educate them ourselves. We hire so called proffessionals to FACILITATE and EDUCATE. Do you see this happening in present time?

      nick.athinodorou - 2012-07-22 13:42

      @John - sorry but the excuse of being too busy earning doesn't wash. Make the time. A child's education does not start and end at school nor is it solely the responsibilty of the teacher to educate kids. So stop making excuses and sacrifice time from elsewhere to make a contribution to your child's education

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-22 18:52

      Many of the parents sadly have to work still as gardners and domestic workers until all hours and travel long distances from home to workplace at a huge cost. They lack the stamina and the skills required to offer this kind of support to their children. We need to have adult education in the townships at night to help these parents help their children but again there is a huge shortage and also an unwillingness from the ruling party to allow those people willing to do the mentoring because of historical factors and empowerment. I have only been able to help those with whom I am in contact but it has made a huge difference to one family. It really doesn't need a lot of money, it requires a desire to give the time to be the change you want to see. It requires a willingness to actually enter the world of those who work for you and listen to their problems without preconceived ideas. It is an amazingly enriching experience to do this - not in your pocket but in your soul.

      nirosha.soobramoney.5 - 2012-07-23 11:48

      Agree, parents can do their part at home, private school education does not guarantee one's success. We can take the time at home to educate our children, we are all teachers, in every aspect of our lives their are things to be learned and taught. My child is being taught at a public school, this will not define his future, he will just have to work a little harder, be more determined and success will be imminent.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-22 11:13

    Well the system has created its own monster in accepting that 30% qualifies as a pass. Teachers need only cover 1/3 of the curriculum to keep their jobs.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-07-24 11:02

      Even in the apartheid "old days" 33.3% was good enough for a SG subject pass and only 40% was needed for your overall aggregate over the six subjects needed for matric.

  • harley.quin.334 - 2012-07-22 11:26

    these 'teachers' may not know much about teaching or the subject but they all graduated suma cum laude for toy toying

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-22 11:39

      Yep, the " old song & dance " routine & the fist clenching. Singing dancing fools !

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-07-22 13:40

      what happened to 1 3 and 5 or don't you believe in uneven numbers? so you must be happy with teachers that are clueless and spend their day bunking school and then demand increases, usually in a violent manner and to the detriment of the children, as if they didn't screw them over enough already. as for your farm slave joke, that only betrays you as the racist fool you are

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-22 11:37

    Impossible. This cannot be. Just this week our president was receiving a honourary professorship in China and he was singing the praises of our education system. He said that education was important and that the biggest budget in our country was for education. It simply cannot be that there is so much money being ploughed in and there are still no basic toilet facilities. This is a basic right of a human being (let alone a poor little child). I mean, our president will not lie, right?

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-22 14:11

      Well as we've learned in recent weeks, the allocation of funds and what they are actually spent on is the real issue. Millions of Rands of education budget money spent on 'phone bills (what CAN they be talking about?) and books which were thrown away. In Limpopo alone R22million of education funds has magically disappeared.

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-07-24 10:54

      Vernon if its made in China be sure that its either. (A)Cheap (B)fake Ofcourse that does not apply to their own domestic consumer market, the Chinese are way to smart, they will send the African leaders rubbish convincing them its top notch, while pulling the rug under their feet. If cANCer think China are here to save the day they ilike other African leaders are in for a rude awakening.

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-22 11:41

    a good public education system is the pillar of a successful economy and country. with a dysfunctional education system like ours, we will see countless myriad of problems that spiral from it. and this is ONLY the government's fault. the ANC are busy destroying the country from the ground up and the top down

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-22 11:44

      and we are only seeing a fraction so far of the full effects of this mismangement and incompentence

      thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-07-22 12:42

      Hey! What about the books ? One can learn without a proper toilet, but what can you learn without educational books. How in heavens name can Zuma praise our education system and yet the government concedes that there is a problem with delivery of books.

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-07-24 10:55

      He probably only cares about Nkandla, thats why.

  • keith.recore - 2012-07-22 11:45

    this speaks volumns to so many of the problems today. This was years in the making, will take all out effort to fix it. It can be fixed, but will take years to see the results. Blame needs to end, teaching, educating, fixing structures needs to begin. Teacher training a must, but who would want to teach in this existing environment? If the current situation isn't changed, what will public schools look like in 5 more years? Act now!

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-22 11:46

    Of the 12 years i spent at school, i was realiving myself in the nearby bushes. I couldnt bear with the overflowing human dung in pit latrines.

      Vicker - 2012-07-23 08:07

      I suggest you take the issue up with your paretns then Thobile, it is after all they who elected the ANC Gumment.

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-07-24 10:59

      Well it's not Thobile's fault that eating sushi off super models and private boeing's and bodyguards take priority over a safe and clean environment for children to learn in, in addition to proper school material. Now Thobile you know the ANC's wicked ways so will the people keep voting them in?

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-07-22 12:08

    My Daugther's Teacher in Cape Town, says to her to figure out the maths herself. Her marks has dropped substainaly in Maths due to this attitude. The Teacher openly declares her alliance to the DA, so I don't think it has anything to do with politics but rather the lack of responsibility. Tommorrow when parents is meeting with her, she is going to be the perfect teacher... the fault is with the Teachers. If they don't like Education, get out of the system. As easy as that.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-22 13:52

      Aaah Bianca-Anne, are you saying that teachers who support cANCer (like you) don't declare their alliance? Out to stir like Zion, your father? This does have EVERYTHING to do with politics. No responsible person would support cANCer!!!

      nirosha.soobramoney.5 - 2012-07-23 12:38

      There are still some very good teachers in state schools, who have the burning passion for teaching. I am sorry but no amount of money can convince me to be a teacher, most of the teachers I know are not in it for the money. Yes, the teachers in state schools need help, but should we go so far as to say that they are not doing a good job because they are being paid less.

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-07-22 12:14

    Unsurprising given the quality of state schools

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-22 12:17

    Teachers must be compelled by law to enroll their own kids in public schools. Maybe we will see them showing a little concern if books aren't delivered in schools.

      annelise.boot - 2012-07-22 12:25

      Dear Duma, Teachers are not responsible for textbook deliveries...but for teaching. That is exactly what they have been doing whilst there were no textbooks in class - making copies for learners from their own funds in order to assist learners with some work. If you perhaps checked the latest payslips of teachers and balance it against the cost of private school tuition, you will have noticed that there is NO WAY that a teacher can afford private school tuition for their own children. Think before you speak next time!

      annelise.boot - 2012-07-22 12:34

      PS. The Constitution of SA allows me freedom of choice where to enroll my child, which medical facility to use, where to stay and which religion to follow...thank goodness for that!

      millionwatts1 - 2012-07-22 13:13

      @duma.nkabinde, teachers being teachets know where the good environment for their children is. They know the best schools. So expecting teachers not to send their own kids to good schools is like expecting a Baker to die of hunger in the midst of a bakery. Life just does not work like that. Besides teachers are people who can afford to send their kids to better schools than they are forced to work at. So that argument of expecting a teacher who earns 10 000 at an inner city school to send their child there when she can clearly afford sending them to a better school is a warped argument. Like you and I, they know where the good schools are.

  • leon.vonsolms - 2012-07-22 12:18

    I am a white, male teacher working at a state school. (Previously model C) Although I do not spend more than 50% of contact time out of class I do leave my class quite often. Why???? I call it sideshows that are expected from me as a white, male teacher. The average white, male teacher is constantly busy with fundraising, helping out with disciplinary issues in other classes, admin and money coming in that has to paid in at the office, organizing sporting events and doing the admin concerning it, corresponding with parents. Now we get to extra mural activities: Normal sport practices, cultural organizations and events at the school, meetings during evenings, etc. During the CAPS training we had in the June holiday we were also told about the lengthening of school hours for more contact time in class. According to me it is a good call, but once again, although school will be coming out later to accomplish more contact time, the same amount of sideshows will still have to be managed by the average male, white teacher. Sport will start later in the afternoon and thus will end later resulting in the teacher getting home later. This will result in the teacher having to do his preparation and revision of the day’s work later in the evenings. By the time the teacher is finished, his children will already be asleep and his wife will be doing online chatting just to communicate with someone that has time to listen.

      annelise.boot - 2012-07-22 12:29

      I agree with Leon, myself a Head of Department at a state school. One thing to add, with the quantity of male teachers leaving the profession to find better renumerated employment elsewhere, the task of all the events mentioned by Leon, now falls on the shoulders of female teachers....leaving s with less and less time to spend with our own families, spending more and more time with our learners - and may I add, often this is unappreciated by parents who believe that schools are glorified babysitting facilities! Teaching is not for the fainthearted and is surely no longer a respected career not even mentioning the salary that does not correspond with hours of service delivered!

      thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-07-22 12:47

      Leon, well done! I also think there are a lot of people who do not know the amount of work or duties a "professional" teacher has in a normal school day.

      thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-07-22 12:48

      Sorry annelise, this includes you and the rest like you, I only saw your post later.

      pws69 - 2012-07-22 14:59

      @ Leon and Annelise, I'm an SGB chair, and I can only concur with your comments. But maybe you should not have held back quick so much. For example, I don't think any of our SMT (School management team) ever leave much before 7pm because of additional meetings late events etc. Then you have the children that are left at school until 9pm at night several times during the year. But, You are also in the minority, and that is the point made in the study. The 50% NOT in the class mentioned in the article refers to the teachers taking "breaks", going out to do their errands, drinking, etc, etc. This does not happen in a well run school with a strong SMT and SGB. Those schools are the minority.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-22 12:18

    I wonder why. Or is it just that parents want the best education for their children?.

      annelise.boot - 2012-07-22 12:32

      Parents are no longer interested in their children's education....money became the replacement of love and time spent with children and fighting the teacher on every front is the norm.....teachers DO care, that's why there are still schools functioning wonderfully Jacqui.

      samantha.5243 - 2012-07-23 14:34

      @ Annelise, I do not think you have the right to say that all parents aren't interested in their children's schooling. As a working mother myself, I also have a long day at work, but still come home to make sure that I spend time working with both my boys doing school work so that they do not get left behind in class, (my 7 year old is one of 43 kids in his class), I also take time to print out worksheets etc for him- We have recently been to see his teacher to find out how we can help him at home as his mark's dropped- so I don't think that is a parent who is not interested in her child and I know of other parents who do this too- just like any other service that one pays for, one has the right to expect something in return, not a teacher who doesnt care.

  • sgarnethall - 2012-07-22 12:28

    It amazes me how they mention \normal schooling\ is affected and had to mention how there are no toilet facilities!!!!! Yet the government has the audacity to bring how they using high funding for education!!!!! If this was the case then please tell me how in the whole of gauteng including pretoria and vaal triangle there are only 23 government schools that provide \special needs\ children with the education that they need????? There is an increasing rate of more children been diagnosed with \special need education\ and it gets overlooked as well cause the townships are in more need of education!!!!!! Teaching is supposed be a gift or a calling or a passion not a job!!!!!! But once again the government workers all want a piece of the pie and couldn't give a damn about our country or future only about themselves and the present!!!!!!!!!!! Education is a necessity and a priviledge!!!!!!!

  • gustav.preller.75 - 2012-07-22 12:29

    Ok, So we all know this is the fault of apartheid blah blah blah..., but what I dont understand is how the government, in the last 18 years, did not do a thing to alleviate this problem. Surely, in 18 years most of the schools in this country could have been upgraded to acceptable standards. And Zuma claims that education is all important and receives the biggest share of the country's budget. Huh!!! He should be charged with crimes against humanity...

  • patterson.graeme - 2012-07-22 12:36

    That is not totally correct! The reason why people send their kids to private school is to give them good education (not like the crappy govt education), to keep them safe, to give them a chance in life, and to give them the best opportunities! Government schools are total rubbish! The teachers cannot even speak engish correctly nor are they qualified to teach! How can the scholar be cleverer than the teacher????

  • mawetu.janda - 2012-07-22 12:37

    You should have made statistic on how many cabinet moinisters,ANC,COSATU and SACP comrades are sending their children to private schools secretly running away from their messy public schools.You will be surprised to find out the very ministers of basic and higher education are the culprits here.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-22 12:48

    No toilets in some schools? Not surprising when public funds are used to build 'The Great Wall' around some ANC big-wigs mansion! Restless and oppressed students are dangerous. Ask the old NP. Take heed ANC...We don't need no education...

  • selma.botha.9 - 2012-07-22 13:01

    How does a school operate without toilets?. Have they no shame? How much longer must the children be betrayed? The ANC disgusts.

      mantsho.tlali - 2012-07-22 13:24

      l am glad l went to school during the old goverment, we had everything we need,and l went to public Schools ,the teachers we teachers back then and if we ever need anything, it comes as soon as possible. ANC has destroyed our education system, the same way Mogabe did in Zimbabwe.

      antin.herink - 2012-07-22 14:02

      Sorry, much as I despise Mugabe, the ANC did WAY worse to the education in SA. And of course many Zimbos are much more educated than SAns who suffered the ANC-style edukayshun.

  • dino.naidoo.5 - 2012-07-22 13:05

    The problem in state schools,is that the department thinks teachers can perform miracles. having 40 learners in a class, is difficult for the teacher to manage. it is also unfair on learners. with such a large number there are bound to be discipline issues. there is no guidance from the department to deal with misbehaviour,they say teachers must figure it out. another reason is teachers get frustrated with the pay they receive.In a private school teachers are paid between 30-40 thousand a month. a state teacher receives around 12 000,thats before medical aid and other payments. these problems have arised because of poor planning and monitoring,and lets not forget officials stealing money from the department. I believe the greatest injustice caused here,is that they have destroyed the lives of both teachers and learners.

  • bloubul77 - 2012-07-22 13:06

    but they can waste money on parties etc.

  • maureenuys - 2012-07-22 13:09

    Instead of just commenting on a sorry state of affairs go out and do something to improve the situation! I am assisting a young woman in Grade12 by encouraging her understanding of English through reading and discussion- downloading English guides and summaries- Assisting with maths through DVD's. It is little but more than she would have. If everyone did just a little it would help even if it is one person that gets helped by one person..

  • Nicole Pottek - 2012-07-22 13:17

    l00k their talking ab0ut rural state sch00ls , what ab0ut state sch00ls in places like j0burg 0r pret0ria , f0urways high and pret0ria b0ys are b0th fantastic sch00ls that are b0th state sch00ls , were 40 kids in a class and its fine , i pers0nally believe that u sh0uld be exp0sed t0 such a large number 0f kids in a class because what happens when u g0 t0 university and their are like 100 and s0mething kids in a lecture and u cant c0pe ?

      teeceegrant - 2012-07-22 14:11

      You are talking about high school where the kids are already socialised into schooling and hopefully have some idea of acceptable behaviour.But what about primary school. Can you expect a teacher to teach a child to read which requires a fair amount of one on one attention when she has 40 - 60 6 year olds in a class. She will spend all her time controlling the kids and not enough time focusing on the work done. Those kids that are brilliant will cope, those kids that are naughty or require more help will get it and those that are just average will never get what they need. This is exactly how so many kids are slipping through the cracks and land up hardly able to read when they leave school.

  • robin.mcdee.73 - 2012-07-22 13:51

    Dear mr President. Has it ever occurred to you that this may be a huge contributing factor to the fact that the economy is dominated by white males ???

  • antin.herink - 2012-07-22 13:58

    What nonsense is this" "teachers on average spend less than 50% of their teaching time in class each week' So how do they spend "teaching time" outside the class, without lernahs? Just say: "Teachers Absent. Fail to teach more than half of the time they should"! Or "Teachers Fail the Children". Or "Teachers Fail". Or just "SADTU" -says it all.

  • joyce.beeton - 2012-07-22 13:58

    With the amount of tax-payers money allocated to Education, it is a disgrace that children who have to attend government schools are not receiving a decent education. Many of the teachers who are employed to teach in these schools are not qualified, and above all, are not not committed to teach. Pre 1994 there were not many Private Schools and most pupils attended State schools. It was unheard of for teachers to only be in classrooms for 3 hours per day. It was unheard of for teachers to strike, it was unheard of for teachers to sexually molest pupils. Behavior of this nature is not only unacceptable it is a shocking disgrace! Name them, shame them and then fire them - permanently! Previously teachers used to be trained at a special Teachers Training College, it took a minimum of 3 years to train as a teacher and the training was free. When the ANC took over these colleges were scrapped and the result is plain to see.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-22 19:40

      Joyce, The training of teachers during apartheid was not free - the parents paid for the training and the books etc. I wish people would stop with this whole thing that education was free back in the 60's in govt schools. Even the pupils were involved in fundraising by holding concerts and selling tickets to the concerts for any new facilities required such as sporting facilities. When my own children were at school were at school I was involved with making pizzas and assisting in tuckshops and selling pancakes and Pimms at sports events to fund things. I paid school fees on time, bought uniforms, helped in constructing a boatshed and even donated a boat and trailer after my husband died for the last year of my son's schooling fees. It is a total fallacy that white children received FREE education during those years from the govt. Textbooks were bought and paid for and then resold as second hand as were school uniforms. Boarding school was an extra that was paid for by the parents and extremely costly because each child had to have a specific number of gyms, panties etc.. My mother made all our summer and winter gyms and knitted cardigans and sewed panties with no electricity - by lamplight. My civvies were made by my mother - no money to just buy store fashion.

      glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-07-29 02:17

      Training was not free at Johannesburg College of Education, and the training was for 4 years.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-07-22 14:00

    Our education system under the ANC is in a crisis. The stupid will continue to vote for the ANC. So glad I do not have children to worry about.

  • Cwsa2006 - 2012-07-22 14:01

    And it's 2012

  • Cwsa2006 - 2012-07-22 14:02

    And it's 2012

  • Singatha - 2012-07-22 14:15

    http://www.youtube.com/movie/the-empire-in-africa.Please watch or get someone to download it for you and see how easy it could go belly up.

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-07-22 14:35

    This is a hopeful story, every year thousands of black kids in private schools will leave school with a decent education and with values in step with a globalised world i.e. hard work and ambition. Even more in the formerly white schools, were the latest figures are the 52% of the children in these schools are black African.This is a very large number of children who will be our future leaders. It is notable that the pupil demographics have changed in these schools but not the teachers, they still remain mainly white. Again, this is reason for hope. Still, we must weep and take action on behalf of the children in township schools. Their quality of education is nothing short of child abuse.

  • Paul - 2012-07-22 15:06

    there is no hope for the future of south africa if her children are denied an education because of lack of committemnt from teachers. It is a complete betrayal.

  • Paul - 2012-07-22 15:08

    there is no hope for South Africa's future when her children are denied an education because of the abscence of committment from the teaching profession.why is this allowed, or do the children not deserve what is a universal right?

  • glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-07-22 18:18

    I was told to pay my taxes. 'Give to God what is God's and give to Caesar what is Caesar's'. Well why should I give to Caesar when I get nothing for it! The public services has colapsed. Hospitals, roads, schools, police....WHAT ARE THEY, THE PUBLIC SERVANCE DOING WITH TAX PAYERS MONEY!!!!!

  • ralph.thornley - 2012-07-22 18:35

    S.A.D.T.U. Someone said it stands for Strike And Don't Teach Union.

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-07-24 11:04

      It should be banned outright together with COSATU as they are starting to resemble terrorist organisations.

  • illuminatedj - 2012-07-22 19:25

    Is the hope for public schools in the future

  • dharmesh.moti - 2012-07-22 19:48

    Thinking about all of this, the ANC know exacty what they are doing. Why is the government doing this? If the masses, are "truly" educated, then the masses would be "truly" liberated and the ANC would lose the elections outright, why??? you may ask.... that's because the masses would be able to think for themselves and the ANC cannot have that, now, can they?

  • sean.kedian - 2012-07-22 22:41

    It just means that people now have more money to waste on a failing education system and their kids can buy better quality drugs

  • Msika - 2012-07-23 08:25

    Keep them poor, dumb, illeterate and they will reward you with more votes.

  • lerato.motshana - 2012-07-23 09:15

    This government clearly fails our children, to top it all the matric pass rate is 33% in SA. How do you expect to create a better, educated SA when you only know 33% of your work, this is the hypocritical SA we live in, every man for himself, everyone feed themselves and no one cares about our kids then we call it a free SA for all, mxim, with a crap education. Way to go SA, way to go.ANC, you failed the most important part of this democracy, our children.

  • melissa.fascilisious - 2012-07-23 11:01

    My friends and I want to thank the SA government. Let us spend billions on road name changes, whilst there are schools closing. So in the end, changing a road name will mean nothing as our youth will not be able to read them." So brilliantly said, I couldn't not share. We need to start doing something about these nonsense decisions that's being made left, right and centre. Why is our voices not being heard? I am a single parent, with one kid in primary school. As much as I would like to put my child in a private school, there's just no funds for it. I make every effort to support the school, I serve on the SGB et al. I feel for these teacher that still see it as a calling. There's a lot of things we need to do for the school but are stopped by the WCED. Hands tied. I pay my taxes, I pay to put the Ministers children in private facilities. I can't afford medical aid but I pay for others to use private care while I need to doctor my child with cheap store bought meds. (Which is really not so cheap)when you have one salary coming in. In the beginning of the year I have to provide the school with toilet rolls, soap and reams of paper, buy books and expensive stationery. (not allowed the cheap kind as it's not durable) I don't get a 13th cheque or bonus year-end so the year starts off in debt and grim. But we push through because that's survival. Pls people, fight against this government that is paralysing you! Don't make excuses anymore. Fight for your children!!!!

  • Jay - 2012-07-23 12:19

    i wonder how many private schooled youths support ronald amd malema????

      fairness.iseverything - 2012-07-23 21:44

      Jay from that company in Germiston?

  • jan.vanriebeeck.73 - 2012-07-23 15:05

    My kinders is in ’n Christene Afrikaanse private skool wat deel is van die BCVO beweging, die BCVO handhaaf van die beste studie standaarde in die wêreld en die kinders wat deur hulle kom se standaard in baie hoog. Ek betaal minder as by enige staat skool in Krugersdorp of Roodepoort . Daar is nie dwelms by die skool nie en ons het minder as 10 kinders per klas. Die onderwysers werk omdat hulle skool gee lief het, nie vir die geld nie. As daar enige werk by die skool gedoen moet word, dan rol ons as ouers moue op en ons doen die werk self. Die onderwysers en kinders hou die klasse skoon en sorg vir elke deel van ons skool as of hulle by hulle eie huise is. Die werk was moeilik vir my kinders toe hulle eers by die skool begin het omdat hulle ‘n swaarder werkslas op hulle skouers gehad het maar het baie vinnig reg gekom, te danke aan die onderwysers. Ek is ewig dankbaar aan my kinders se onderwysers, wat elke dag baie goed agter my kinders kyk.

  • thelittlegreenhouse - 2012-07-23 17:41

    Take the Antidote: Home-educate! ;-)

      santivz - 2012-07-23 18:09

      Very few people can afford to stay at home. I'm the only bread winner so can't stay at home to do this.

  • thenga.pfananani - 2012-07-23 20:40

    Who wants to take his/her kids to public schools anyway. If Angie sent her children at private schools it simply means she does have any trust in public school and so do we