Books, overcrowding top education worries

2013-04-05 21:11

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Johannesburg - Textbook shortages and crammed classrooms are the biggest problems facing schools, a study revealed on Friday.

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 4 000 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 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 spokesperson 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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