Gauteng focusing on school drop-outs

2012-03-09 11:47

Johannesburg - The high number of drop-outs from Gauteng schools is the focus of an education indaba underway in Johannesburg on Friday.

Teachers, civic organisations and academics from across the country are meeting at Turffontein Racecourse for the Gauteng education department’s 4th monitoring and evaluation colloquium.

The meeting will discuss why children are leaving school or not finishing their education.

A list of recommendations and interventions will be drawn up after a series of presentations. If necessary policy changes will be recommended and further research recommended.

The education department said the drop-out rate for primary schools was increasing with the biggest impact felt at Grade 1 and Grade 7.

High school children were leaving in Grade 10 and 11.

Gauteng education MEC, Barbara Creecy, is to open the proceedings followed by Martin Gustafsson from Stellenbosch University who will speak on, “realities and a few myths regarding dropping out in South African schools”.

Later on Friday a number of education experts are to present a comparative study between the Eastern Cape and Gauteng followed by a profile of youth not at school in Gauteng and the social impact on those who drop out.

  • Bigrp - 2012-03-09 12:05

    I suppose this is important, and I hate always criticising, but who is teaching if teachers are also at the indaba?

  • Peter - 2012-03-09 12:05

    Why are they not addressing the STUPIDITY of telling us we don't have a shortage of teachers, yet we see news articles about Teachers having classes with 50+ scholars at a time?? 4 5 6!!!

  • Bluecrest - 2012-03-09 12:12

    Suppose being harassed by teachers or raped at school is a good enough excuse...

  • Wayne - 2012-03-09 12:16

    Like Ju Ju! :)

  • sm1012 - 2012-03-09 12:19

    The problem in my opinion is TEACHERS themselves...Bad attitude towards scholars and this is the reason. I'm glad I was taught by ambitious TEACHERS in my time...pity for my kids and other kids out there...most of out TEACHERS they just do the teaching because they need salary, that's a fact.

      Marion - 2012-03-09 12:29

      Most of my kids teachers suck but can't afford to send him to a better school.

      Bibi - 2012-03-09 12:42

      @marion: there are excellent ex Model c schools in Jhb. A lot of them are on the top 100 list of schools in SA.

      Marion - 2012-03-09 13:23

      I know that Bibi. But our best local school charges about R2000 per month and we have to keep him local due to transport issues. The one he is at has a higher matric pass rate than others in the area but offers absolutely no sports, gym, extramurals etc., Dead loss. The longer he is in school the more demotivated he is becoming.

  • Marion - 2012-03-09 12:28

    In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons kids are dropping out of school is because of the rigidity regarding Maths/Maths Literacy which are MUST PASS subjects. Not everyone has a natural aptitude for maths and should be given the option to follow a totally different path. I couldn't do maths if my life depended on it so I followed a commercial course from Grade 10.

  • Bibi - 2012-03-09 12:39

    Teachers are there to firstly inspire the children to learn with enthusiasm and love for the job and then to pass on their knowledge. How can the teachers do that if they themselves do not have to aspire to anything higher than a 30% pass, do not get trained properly and have over full class rooms? And keeping teachers till they are 80 will also not work - teachers most definately have sell by dates.

  • thelittlegreenhouse - 2012-03-09 15:48

    Take the Antidote: Home Educate :-)

  • Erich - 2012-03-09 15:50

    Even drop outs can achieve something. Look at our Prez.

      Gerhard - 2012-03-09 17:39

      Zapiro will beat him. LOL!

      grobbieN - 2012-03-09 20:27

      And Ju-Ju

  • Gerhard - 2012-03-09 17:37

    In 1994 more than 6000 teachers were fired.

  • Joe - 2012-03-10 12:10

    Our government will never be serious about educating the masses. An educated population will NEVER vote for them, and that would be like committing suicide. The government is only interested in themselves and the past, there is no work or money to invest in the future , that’s just too scary for them to face. They will never allow the CLEVER masses to see them for the idiots that they are. If all kids were educated and had their own opinions, the D.A. would win every election hands down. The ANC is a primitive tribal based , stuck in the dark ages society...It works for them and not the country nor the massed. Keep them stupid keeps them safe..Amen

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