Textbook shortages, crammed classrooms biggest problems – study

2013-04-05 16:12

Textbook shortages and crammed classrooms are the biggest problems facing schools, a study has revealed.

Pupils polled by consumer insights company Pondering Panda said the top three problems were a lack of textbooks, overcrowded classes and incompetent teachers.

The study was conducted in March among 4000 pupils aged between 13 and 24.

About 27% said the biggest problem facing South African schools was a shortage of textbooks, 22% said it was too many children in classes, and 17% said it was teachers who were not doing their job properly.

The perception of the biggest problem in schools differed across racial groups.

For black pupils, the most significant problem was a lack of textbooks.

White, coloured, and Indian pupils put overcrowding at the top.

Asked whether teachers should be allowed to strike, 63% of pupils supported their right to do so, while 33% thought teachers should not be allowed to strike.

Pondering Panda spokeswoman Shirley Wakefield said what pupils wanted was a good education.

“Without textbooks, and with overcrowded classrooms, they feel they aren’t getting this.”

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