Pupils in poor schools most at risk

2011-09-26 10:31

Johannesburg - Gauteng pupils in underperforming schools were the most at risk of being injured while travelling to school, according to a newspaper report on Monday.

Stolen computer equipment, drugs and lethal weapons and teachers drinking alcohol during working hours were also some of the issues that faced schools in the province, according to investigations by the Gauteng legislature's standing committee on education.

The Star
newspaper reported that the committee found continued poor performance in primary schools, poor performance of previously disadvantaged pupils in maths and science, a high repeat rate in Grade 10 and 11 and in all grades at primary schools.

There was also a high dropout rate in secondary schools as well as a shortage of reading material in indigenous languages.

The Gauteng department of education had also failed to recruit appropriately qualified teachers for social sciences.

  • HappyGoLucky - 2011-09-26 10:37

    aaaaahhh...the fruit of the ANC tree

      Servaas - 2011-09-26 11:12

      ANC's Brilliant schooling system.. Money go wasted, they remain uneducated and guess what.. Next week they will "protest and pelt stones" and next election they will vote ANC again... Snowball of stupidity!

      Flee - 2011-09-26 13:48

      The scary fact is its only taken them 15 years to realize this... wonder how long its going to take them to address the problem now that they know what it is?? Another 15 years perhaps...??

  • falcon2020 - 2011-09-26 10:47

    This is what commentators have been saying to the education department for over a decade! Too late, we have a generation of poorly/unschooled angry citizens to deal with. Another example of why cadre deployment did not work.

  • Dumba1234 - 2011-09-26 10:50

    WHat did they form a Committee to find that out, ask anyone in the sreet will tell you

  • Johann - 2011-09-26 11:09

    This will be a national disaster! Kids in there forming years exposed to this? wat can a pissed teacher teach you( sex education?),and what example do they set.

      fussed - 2011-09-26 11:52

      Yea and a demmo in the staff room and they will pass with an A No brains No hope No education = No employment Just another ANC disaster

      warshrike - 2011-09-26 16:06

      Johann, not 'will be' - "is"... After the change in govt; all the wasted teacher skills that could have been used. Now they sit with their 'fingers...' Oh well, just another sick example of the landslide into decay that we have to live through. How can people sing the ANC praise - they should be weeping at the destruction of what was potentially one of the best country's in the world.

  • Darwinian - 2011-09-26 11:43

    Education = FAIL!

  • Verbatim - 2011-09-26 12:08

    Im curious as to why they conduct these so called studies. Are they all brain dead? Its their own fault, the greedy corrupts a-holes in the ANC that allowed this to happen. 20 years from now, that drug addict alcoholic will be the future of the nation. What a joke. They deserve every bit of the crap they are creating for themselves

      Johann - 2011-09-26 13:24

      They do deserve it Verbatim, but the kids do not! Look ,the whole thing is a disaster , starting with penis propelled Jacob Zuma.The whole moral fiber of the nation is gone, an this education system is a simptome of that

  • Honestly - 2011-09-26 12:19

    It's too easy to blame poverty for all of the above. What about the kids themselves? Those that are stealing, abusing alcohol and drugs are just plain vandals, and should be left to rot. If we "mollycoddle" them, in a few years time they will be running the country. They are currently "apprentice Malemas and Zumas"

  • jen - 2011-09-26 13:14

    Blame lies squarely in front of the door of the Eduaction Department. Instead of fixing the department the last 17 years, they used the SA kids as experiments, that all blew up in their faces. Nothing has come of all those promises that were made before the '94 elections. Excellent math, science and language teachers have left the country or are sitting at home, while the future of our children are at risk. The idea of another generation is going to become Malema-ish characters without education/jobs is frankly scary.

  • My opinion - 2011-09-26 15:11

    They will always blame poverty, I'm sorry for people that are poor, but there is alot of kids that has nothing and that cares for their sibling that want to learn and become something.

  • beicime - 2011-09-26 16:46

    Don't tell me what the world knows for decades. Tell me why haven't you done something yet. What have you been doing? Are you capable to do your job? So far it seems that NO you are not.

  • Kameomaua - 2011-09-26 17:04

    If one considers the BILLIONS that are spent on parties, cars, houses, travel expenses, etc., etc. instead of on constructive education (building schools, providing safe transport, buying books, setting up good security systems so that expensive equipment is not stolen!!!!) it boggles the mind. That in the Eastern Cape schools have registered fake pupils so that they can get greater grants - which then disappear into the pockets of a few officials - is seriously sinful and to be condemned.

      Janine - 2011-11-16 13:52

      Definitely! Our schools are so bad not because of a lack of funding, but because our "leaders" choose to waste the country's money on themselves!

  • Kameomaua - 2011-09-26 17:17

    And, if "knowledge is power", if "an education is a passport to the future", something no one can take away from you, something precious that elevates you, gives you a chance to rise above your circumstances - WHY DOES THE GENERAL PUBLIC NOT UNDERSTAND THIS??? Why do youngsters i the poorest areas, who need education the most, stay away from school? Why do teachers not do their job? Why do criminal elements strip schools of everything that is not nailed to the walls? Why does the government not make the safety of schools an absolute priority??? Is it because it has not sunk in - into the very DNA structure - that in a global economy (of which this country wants to be part, and the fruits of which it wants to enjoy) education and quality workmanship are the passwords to be allowed entry and participation??? Every youngster knows that one needs a password to go onto Mxit, Facebook, Whatsup, etc., etc. A thorough education and a good work ethic are the passwords to a brighter future.

  • Kameomaua - 2011-09-26 17:30

    Poverty itself is NOT an excuse for not succeeding in one's educational career. There are youths in townships who sit by candle light and street lamps and study and pass. There are schools which have no resources and teach outside under trees - who have had a excellent pass rates. There was the young man who walked 20km to and from the University of the Western Cape day after day to be able to study (and then sold vegetables over the weekend for pocket money) and who was snapped up by SASOL the minute he had finished his degree. Why? Because of his determination and motivation!!! On the other hand, there are youngsters in affluent suburbs who have everything they need (and more) at their fingertips, who are driven every day to very well equipped schools with good teachers - and who don't make it. Lack of motivation. And then the entire spectrum in between.

  • Emmeline - 2011-09-27 11:50

    We at Britehouse have recognised the harrowining ordeal suffered by the pupils in the poor and disadvantaged schools. As part of our CSI initiative have taken this cause seriously and have been involved with a phenomenal, dedicated Principal and his outstanding teaching staff at the Kwena Molapo Secondary School in Diepsloot. Take a look at this article published around our Heritage day celebration and the key initiatives we have embarked upon to assist them in their struggle against Gangsterism, Poverty, Teenage pregnancy and Xenophobia. Emmeline Bester Britehouse Holdings (Pty) Ltd

      mabsie - 2011-09-28 05:04

      This gives me hope!

      Janine - 2011-11-16 13:53

      Good for you :-)

  • Faith - 2011-11-17 21:45

    ANC would rather throw parties and have top of the range homes& cars including defrauding the system... South Africans need2 stop voting for this elite!

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