Quality education is essential

2017-05-26 06:00

LIKE public hospitals in South Africa, the schooling system is large and multiplex and requires intervention, especially in rural areas, in order to provide quality education.

Although the post-apartheid government has improved accessibility to schools and increased expenditure for education in order to equalise the separate and unequal education system of the former apartheid government, the system is still failing poor children.

The two-tier education system does not bode well for SA’s fledgling democracy and the historically disadvantaged.

It is without doubt that the majority of South African school children do not receive quality education and therefore the two-tier education system needs to be addressed.

Without quality education it will be difficult to break the cycles of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and homelessness. Failing to provide a good education is not good for productivity and to reverse the brutal effects of apartheid. In order to redress the injustices of the past and the economic prejudice, educational policies need to be pro-poor.

Education reform and transformation need to be at the forefront of the government’s concerns.

Even though the Department of Basic Education is taking significant action to improve the two-tier education system, all need to make meaningful contributions to help improve education in SA.

MOHAMED SAEED

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