Unequal access still a problem - Agang SA

2014-01-07 20:48
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Johannesburg - Unequal access to decent education along racial lines is one of the most glaring problems with the education system, after 20 years of democracy, Agang SA said on Tuesday.

Another major problem was the systematic erosion of the value of matric under 20 years of ANC governance.

This had resulted in both universities and employers increasingly shunning the qualification, Agang SA said in a statement, in which it congratulated the 2013 matrics.

It believed the basic education ministry to make known the outcome of a call for public submissions last October on fixing the country’s basic education system, including whether to dump its decision to lower the pass mark to 30% and 40% in certain subjects.

"As renowned educationist Professor Jonathan Jansen points out, the continued increase in the pass rate hides the fact that our basic education system has stagnated over the past 20 years," Agang SA said.

"The results, in fact, reflect that our education system has been consistently failing the black majority, whose hunger for decent education saw school children take on the might of the apartheid state in 1976, demanding an end to inferior Bantu Education."

Agang SA believed every South African had a right to quality education, said its communications director, Thabo Leshilo.

"Education is a catalyst for driving economic growth, job creation and sustainable poverty eradication."

To this end, an Agang SA government would raise the pass mark to a minimum of 50%, raise teaching standards and make sure all schools had the amenities necessary for an environment conducive to teaching and learning in the 21st century, including libraries, electricity and the internet, he said.

- SAPA
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