Pupils back longer school days - survey

2013-08-30 12:06
Picture: File

Picture: File

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - School pupils are in favour of longer school days to learn a third language, a survey by Pondering Panda found on Friday.

"It was found that almost three in five learners (59%) felt that this was a good idea... [that] the school day be extended by an hour for Grades 4 through 12," spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said in a statement.

The company conducted cellphone interviews with 2 906 pupils between the ages of 13 and 24 across the country in August.

Thirty-three percent believed it was a bad idea, while 9% had no opinion on the matter.

Wakefield said the survey was a clear indication young people were hungry for learning.

"Pupils have also shown their enthusiasm for learning a third language, once more showing their support for the education department’s proposals."

The survey further found that black and coloured pupils were more interested in learning science and maths than a third language.

"If a mandatory extension to the school day was implemented, 56%... said they would rather spend the extra time learning science and maths. In comparison, 38% favoured using the time to learn another language."

Read more on:    education

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.