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Half of SA unhappy with education - survey

2012-07-17 22:37

Johannesburg - Only half of South Africans are happy with the education system in their area, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

"While 64% of metro adults feel that South Africa’s education system is good, only 54% are happy with the education system in their area," research company TNS South Africa said in a statement.

It warned that unhappiness over education could lead to protests.

"That, overall, over a third of people are unhappy with the education system as they experience it, suggests that this could very easily become a flash point.

"TNS has shown in the past that, once dissatisfaction with service delivery reaches a third of people, protests become a possibility."

Over half of respondents were concerned about mathematics, with only 45% saying South African pupils do well in this field.

The findings are based on two studies undertaken among 2 000 adults in eight metropolitan areas in the first five months of this year, and before the Limpopo textbooks debacle.

Thirty percent of respondents disagree that the education system is good, while 38% disagree that they are happy with the education system in their area.

Wealthier people less happy

"While there are no differences by sex, younger people are somewhat more satisfied than older people," TNS said.

Wealthier people were found to be less happy than poorer people.

"Afrikaans home-language speakers are the least satisfied, with only 41% saying that the system is good, and only 42% being happy at a local level."

The surveys found large differences between the race groups.

Seventy-two percent of blacks agree that South Africa's education system is good, compared to 47% of whites and 60% of Indians.

Half of black respondents felt South African pupils do well at maths, in contrast to 38% of whites.

The survey found notable differences in satisfaction about education across various areas of the country.

"Geographically, there are also notable differences, driven partly by the differing racial profiles of the different areas," TNS said.

"People in the Eastern Cape [especially Port Elizabeth] are the least happy overall, while those in Bloemfontein are the most satisfied."

One of the studies looked at the role of parents and teachers in education.

"Whilst nine out of ten people across the board feel that parents also have a responsibility when it comes to the education of their children, seven out of ten feel that parents are leaving the education of their children more and more to teachers."

TNS had carried out a similar survey last year, which showed that 52% of South Africans were happy about the quality of education, so not much had changed between then and these latest surveys.

Comments
  • thebe.tau - 2012-07-17 22:41

    And the other half doesn't understand the question due to low education standards.

      ina.cripps - 2012-07-18 07:36

      "While there are no differences by sex, younger people are somewhat more satisfied than older people," TNS said. Perhaps it is because they don't know any better, whilst the older people come from an education system that was miles better (even in black schools)

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-07-18 07:41

      Those that are happy are probably in private schools doing the IBE exams.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-07-17 23:00

    "It warned that unhappiness over education could lead to protests." Let me guess. If they get really unhappy they'll burn the local school down?

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-17 23:36

    Maybe its because some of them dont have text books!!!

  • tw2066 - 2012-07-18 01:23

    "Seventy-two percent of blacks agree that South Africa's education system is good,"... huh? So, a poor matric pass, teacher strikes, no books a failed OBE system by the ANCs own admission, and the likes of Angie Mudsucker is quite acceptable then?? You do know that the bloodsucker heros in the ANC should do a lot better - aw forget it.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-18 05:54

      ... Compared to 47% of whites and 60% of Indians.... huh? So, a poor matric pass, teacher strikes, no books a failed OBE system by the ANCs own admission, and the likes of Angie Mudsucker is quite acceptable then?? You do know that the bloodsucker heros in the ANC should do a lot better - aw forget it.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-18 06:56

      Free t-shirts for those who said they were happy?

  • farmfreund - 2012-07-18 01:38

    only 50% has an IQ of more than 30

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-07-18 02:25

    An approval rate of well over 50% (even as high as 70%) means there are far more people happy with it than are dissatisfied with it. Doesn't sound like a full-on crisis of confidence to me at all! You'd expect 90%-plus to be grumpy.

      ina.cripps - 2012-07-18 07:42

      Yes blip,I also question those percentages, I suppose it all depends where this survey was taken, but it sounds a bit contrived to me.

  • morne.westhuizen.7 - 2012-07-18 05:27

    This survey is an indication of how low the standards are amongst some social groups. 5outh Africans deserve better results in this field. Education should be at the helm of public service, and less that half is happy!? Sure the satisfied % figure will drop after the text book incident, but being a part time student myself, I am a witness of how low they set the stardards for education in this country. Health sector might as well increase the bmi figure to reduce the number of obese people in the country.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-18 05:57

    How can ANYONE be HAPPY about the educatrion system when it is in such shambles boggles the mind. A low pitiful 30% mark constitutes a pass?!!!!

  • gregoryjgrove - 2012-07-18 06:40

    I hope these stats weren't calculated by those who are no good at maths...

  • travis.schmidt.71 - 2012-07-18 06:45

    Let me take a guess. Zooma and the ANC are going to apply 'their minds' to the problem. However, as the collective IQ in the structure is a meagre 8 and they all share half a brain cell this could be a problem. ANC politicians children MUST attend public schools and not private schools!!!

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-18 07:20

    And the other half are too stupid to know they should be unhappy because they didn't receive any education.

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-18 07:22

    Thebe already said that i see.

  • Gerhardus - 2012-07-18 07:44

    What a bad study 2000 to represent an entire country. They need more research done in order to get actual results and not just in metro areas.

      horst.muller.7330 - 2012-07-18 09:23

      You need to learn a bit about statistics and especially sampling theory to understand that 2000 will provide a fair estimate. Provided the sample was properly randomised.

      gerhardus.stefanus.5 - 2012-08-21 12:01

      @horst.muller I have both and sorry I don't agree, it is not nearly enough. On what they are reporting, they need a bigger sample. There is too much errors that can be found in this sample

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-18 09:45

    Surprise, surprise! Which half caters for the Limpopo kids? When I was in school, the NP called me a 'dangerous darkie' ! Now the ANC thinks I'm an interfering Makhula! Want an educated mass? Deliver quality staff and resources, not princey-pals and tenderpreneurs!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-18 11:12

    Well if half of south africa is happy with the present education that says it all. We will be turning out a lot of limp paws paws in the future.

  • victor.windsor - 2012-07-19 13:57

    They chose the OBE that has failed all over Europe, saying they will make it work !! So now they must either admit failure or just carry on in their silly ways !

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