SA education 'facing serious challenges'

2011-06-29 15:57

Johannesburg - The education sector faced "serious challenges", the ACDP said on Wednesday in reaction to the Annual National Assessment (ANA) results.

"ANA results show Grade One and Two children performing better than Grade Three and Four, which could be an indication that the focus on teaching and learning in the foundation phase... are beginning to pay off," African Christian Democratic Party MP Cheryllyn Dudley said in a statement.

"We are facing serious challenges in the education sector and for every day that schools are not working we are seriously disadvantaging young people and society as a whole."

But she said the party acknowledged the step to do the assessments was a key government achievement in improving education.

Only 12% of Grade Six pupils scored 50% or more for mathematics in a country-wide test earlier this year. The basic education department released the results on Tuesday.

The assessment of numeracy and literacy was conducted among six million so-called foundation phase (Grades One to Three) and intermediate phase (Grades Four to Six) pupils attending government schools.

The tests took place in February, after pupils had completed the previous year's grade work.

According to the document, Grade Six results for language - based on a sample of results from selected schools - show that as few as 15% of pupils scored more than 50%.

Among Grade Three pupils, only 17% scored more than 50% in their numeracy assessment, and 31% scored more than 50% in the literacy test.

  • Uthando - 2011-06-29 16:15

    This paints a grim picture for our children's future...

      CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-06-29 16:40

      The country will be in socio economic collapse and war long before grade ones matriculate. At current speed of destruction our country economically can not survive another 8 years. The onis will be on the parents to get them relocated to a first world country before that happens.

      Grayman - 2011-06-29 16:46

      @Craig: That is a great solution for the ones that can relocate to a 1st world country. What of the millions who either don't have the financial means or don't qualify?

      Spyker May - 2011-06-29 16:50

      Not as grim as the reality we refuse to face... Absolutely, agreed, “...SA education (is) facing serious challenges...”. Eg.., One of the greatest challenges SA education faces is the ANC. In fact the ANC is one of the key determinants in the complete collapse of education in SA. How do you expect to create a culture of education when.., - You appoint a Std 3 cattle herder as the president of the country..? - The same organisation’s Youth League appoints- and re-elects a mentally retarded infant who cannot properly construct a sentence, who cannot maintain a structured train of thought (viz contradicts himself in a single sentence), unable to generate a single original thought (viz a parrot that can only verbatim repeat the other lunatics eg Mugabe, Chavez, Gaddafi, etc), to name a few..? Worse though (yep.., it is actually much worse than that), the greatest single challenge SA education faces, I cannot even mention here, without my post being removed... So indeed, how do can you think, you can even begin to attempt, to address the challenges, if you are not even allowed to call the challenges by its name..? G*D HELP US..!!

      Spyker May - 2011-06-29 18:11

      Grayman.., There is a perfectly workable, legitimate and (most importantly) a legal solution for the EURO-AFRICANS of South Africa. BUT.., yep there is always a but.., In his epic classic, ‘STARMAN’, the “Thin White Duke”, aka “Ziggie Stardust” or David Bowie, says.., There's a starman waiting in the sky He'd like to come and meet us But he thinks he'd blow our minds... So my friend, get ready to have ‘your mind blown’. Europe benefitted massively through the presence of a European colony in the Southern tip of Africa. In fact, Europe would have been significantly poorer (if being at all where they are today) – eg one thinks of one of the most powerful companies in the history of the planet, the VOC, for one; but the space is just too limited to articulate it here. Then Europe became the pivotal player in delivering SA on a sliver plate to the ANC. In simple terms – Europe/the-WEST created the ANC and the post-Apartheid SA. Now that SA is in collapse, on a fast-track to (another African) failed state, Europe has to take responsibility for it. A democratically elected government in SA is a complete failure and it has NOTHING to do with Apartheid – there is no doubt about it and it will be proved in a court, in a few seconds. Unless Europe establishes an independent Paneuropean-African government – iow a seperate Euro-African principality within SA, funded by the tax revenue from the Euro-African community, then.., cont.., below...

      Spyker May - 2011-06-29 18:12

      The Euro-African community of SA must take Europe (ie ‘old Europe’) to court and litigate compensation – monetary compensation, military/police protection, education at European standards, etc. The case needs to be funded by contributions from Euro-Africans – that will be the sacrifice of Euro-African “Struggle” (note – the money will be recovered as part of the monetary compensation). Europe will be sued in a court in Europe, to give it jurisdiction, naturally... Now you are welcome to proceed to pick up the pieces...

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-29 16:20

    What I find curious is that years ago these sort of things, among others, were brought up in discussions. People who had doubts were labelled "Negative" or "Racists" or told to leave and go elsewhere as "in SA we want people who want the country to work" etc etc we've all heard it before. Now? It seems that the doubters had good reason.

  • Grayman - 2011-06-29 16:20

    This is absolutely shocking and all the ministers of education over the past 17 years should take FULL responsibility for it. Of course that is not going to happen. Instead they will just lower the pass mark and then gloat that 99% of the children got straight A's. What you then have is a whole bunch of kids leaving school thinking that they are geniuses and falling flat on their faces when it comes to the real world. Then their only response is to turn to violent protests. Ah, the 'wisdom' of the ANC to make the country ungovernable is now coming back to bite them squarely in the backside!

      Lee - 2011-06-29 16:30

      It's not coming to bite them. It bites every one in S.A. and every one can take blame for allowing this to happen to the next generation. Education also starts at home.

      Grayman - 2011-06-29 16:54

      @Lee - If you look at the demographics of the schools that are failing you will see that there is a segment of the population that HAS taken responsibility and HAVE made sure that their children are educated. As a parents with two children in high school we have to make some serious sacrifices every month in order to pay the fees for decent schools. Schools that have teachers with responsibility and do not go on strike. Teachers who are prepared to go the extra mile. Schools that don't have 50 in a class. But of course, then we are profiled as elitist and are targeted in the new Financial Revolution. I might add that my wife is a teacher and was prepared to teach in a government school. It was only because the department did not pay her for 4 months that she resigned and took up a post at a private school.

  • Alfistifred - 2011-06-29 16:39

    Now Julius you need to look into this issues....isn't that what the ANCYL is here for? Make sure that our youth have proper education and the future will be sorted!!! Then again, you don't want them to be educated....because once they are....there is nobody that will listen to you!!!!

  • Blomster - 2011-06-29 16:44

    These tests is a farce. My son is going to a township school with English as his first language and could read fluently 6 months into grade 1. He reads better then most grade 8 students and it's not his first language and he could not even get 40%. My daughter however is going to one of the most prestigious former model C schools, doing her first language Afrikaans, but even now in grade 2 can't read properly, but she never got grades under 90%.

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-29 16:49

    We don't need no education, We are on the voter's roll, Just as brainless in the classroom, The ANC is in control. Apologies to "Pink Floyd"

  • schmerz - 2011-06-29 16:57

    OK, let's just build a wall around the Western Cape

      Dylan Swanepoel - 2011-07-28 09:57

      Yeah cause you are so much better than there rest of us, insolent prick..

  • betesda - 2011-06-29 18:46

    What did you expect - the ANC destroys everything they touch

  • Saffer - 2011-06-29 19:00

    Actually the results are pretty good considering the average IQ in this part of the world is 72.

  • franssmith100 - 2011-06-29 20:12

    @spyker may - spot on bud! - looks like sa is f!@#$ED, but then again i knew that 10 years ago..., so i moved on.

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