Education system not bad, says FF+

2014-01-07 22:30

Johannesburg - The South African school education system is not bad, but many factors have a negative effect on its success, the FF Plus said on Tuesday.

However, the situation could be turned around if the problems were "addressed purposefully and with strong leadership", said Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) parliamentary leader Dr Pieter Groenewald.

"The lack of discipline in some schools, among both learners and some teachers, should be seen as one of the major reasons for the education problems," he said.

Other factors were trade unions, corruption and poor service delivery.

Groenewald said the 2013 matric results raised questions about the quality of the education system.

"It's in the country's interest to make drastic changes."

Serious attention would need to be given to the pass requirements of the subjects needed to pass matric.

"It's unacceptable that matric can be passed if a learner obtains 30% in three subjects and at least 40% in three more subjects."

He said the job market required more, and school leavers were wrong if they thought a matric certificate would ensure them a job.

Another problem was the number of drop-outs.

"Poverty and social problems also have a big influence on the number of learners who do not complete their school careers."

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced a 78.2% pass rate for the 2013 matric class on Monday.

In 2009, when Motshekga took over as minister, the pass rate was 60.6%. It has climbed steadily since then.

  • Danie Malan - 2014-01-07 22:47

    Not bad.... but, but, but, but... He didn't mention one aspect that was good so I'm still wondering why he said 'Not bad'!

      joe.todani - 2014-01-07 23:00

      @Danie, exactly my point... According to this article it is bad...the are more buts than whats good of our education

      Francois Marx - 2014-01-08 06:14

      FF says the SYSTEM is not bad, but ill disciple (not the SYSTEM) of teachers and kids marre the system. Just like electrical wiring can be good but the bad tools you use to maintain it can hamper it

      Chris J Smit - 2014-01-08 07:54

      I have to agree that the leading statement by Groenewald is not complemented by the rest of his remarks regarding the "not bad" education system.

      Max Mulugisi - 2014-01-08 07:57

      He said the system is not bad, but there are some challenging factors...

      Potter Mharee - 2014-01-08 08:55

      Yeah, it's worse!

      WollieVerstege - 2014-01-08 10:07

      Any system that allows a failure rate of 49% is not a good system. If only 51% of those kids who started school finish, it can only be the system that failed, NOT individual teachers or students.

  • Batsosi Busang Motsepeng - 2014-01-07 23:05

    Is it good?

  • Vincent Letshoenyo - 2014-01-07 23:10

    Constructive criticism for a change. Hope the govt is listening.

  • Phumlani Lolly Veliti - 2014-01-07 23:18

    Home schooling is way better than this "Ever swinging-no direction system(education)" which happens to be a prison with no bars.

  • Batsosi Busang Motsepeng - 2014-01-07 23:20

    When "not bad" is not good enough.

  • reality - 2014-01-07 23:27

    > "It's unacceptable that matric can be passed if a learner obtains 30% in three subjects and at least 40% in three more subjects." Next year the number of learners passing should reach 100% if the lower ther requirements to 0% to pass.

      Jon Low - 2014-01-08 05:02

      In days gone by when the NP rules, you passed if you only got 40% for your one first language and 33.3% for four more subjects.

      Heibrin Venter - 2014-01-08 06:55

      @Jon: And yesterday you said it was 25% to pass....

  • Cedrick Khumalo - 2014-01-07 23:32

    At least constructive criticism by ff+,Let build our country ma africa siyeke umona phansi.

  • Paul Ryan - 2014-01-08 01:09

    Its not that bad, there are a number of countries around the world worse than SA in Maths and Science. Yemen for example. Thats it. That number is 1. The education department slogan should be "Maths - were better than Yemen"

      Fanie Kuhn - 2014-01-08 10:12

      General education: SA 146 out of 148 cowntries, maths and science 148 out of 148 cowntries. Why oh why will not 1 administrator or politician speak the truth? Their own voter base is just being fooled when it comes to the perceived standard of education.

  • Archie Mali - 2014-01-08 03:34

    It's lovely to see schools that we where learning to doing so well big up to the class of 2013 we hope this will continue in this year also good luck guyz

  • Siyabonga Siyah - 2014-01-08 06:38

    @ken why u wasting your time u busy writing a bullsheet comment idiot?

  • Joe Galo - 2014-01-08 07:19

    thanx ff plus.....i am hapy that u hv shown ur interest in making our country better..

  • Luzuko Tosh Plaatjie - 2014-01-08 07:32

    FF is no longer relevant

  • Nomcebo Ngidi - 2014-01-08 07:34

    FF+ your constructive criticism will make you loose more votes to DA

  • Ovion Naidoo - 2014-01-08 07:42

    we dont need no education, we dont need no self control hay teacher leave dem kids alone

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2014-01-08 07:53

    A sober analysis of the situation on the ground. Spot on FF+

  • Keith Ronald Wildschut - 2014-01-08 08:20

    For once one opposition party is more constructive.There are a number of problems in this big system,but to just negate everything in the education sector to rubbish is disingenuous. Pockects of excellence must be congratulated and areas of concerns must be addressed as soon as possible.Its only when all social partners like your tertiary institutions,sister departments and business come together that we'll reap the true benefits of the system.

      Liz Clarke - 2014-01-08 20:53

      @Keith - I agree whole heartedly with you! Most teachers operate work under difficult circumstances with large classes and few teaching aids and resources but they hang in and give of their best. Similarly there have been lots of stories of learners putting in hours of extra work under difficult circumstances. They have collectively proved that change is possible and we should salute them for that! Rubbishing everthing and everybody is plainly destructive and contributes nothing to the discussions. Well done FF+ for saying it as it is without getting into a political rave!

  • Lebeko Merafe - 2014-01-08 09:11

    Now, this is what i call positive contribution. Not shooting everything down because its anc.

  • June Francis - 2014-01-09 13:49

    I am so happy that finally black students are out performing white students ( wait dont jump on your high horses yet) . You see now that discrimination in education is finally taking a walk we can now start doing away with racist laws like AA BEE and quotas. WOW what good news.

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