Pupils in poor schools most at risk

2011-09-26 10:31
Johannesburg - Gauteng pupils in underperforming schools were the most at risk of being injured while travelling to school, according to a newspaper report on Monday.

Stolen computer equipment, drugs and lethal weapons and teachers drinking alcohol during working hours were also some of the issues that faced schools in the province, according to investigations by the Gauteng legislature's standing committee on education.

The Star
newspaper reported that the committee found continued poor performance in primary schools, poor performance of previously disadvantaged pupils in maths and science, a high repeat rate in Grade 10 and 11 and in all grades at primary schools.

There was also a high dropout rate in secondary schools as well as a shortage of reading material in indigenous languages.

The Gauteng department of education had also failed to recruit appropriately qualified teachers for social sciences.

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